As part of a new pilot project, two LED streetlight fixtures were incorporated into existing banner poles on Tyler Street by Grove and Plunkett streets. The project is a collaborative effort between the City of Pittsfield, Pine Ridge Technologies, and Eversource.
The new lighting, which was installed during the week of Oct. 23, will be monitored throughout spring 2018, says Commissioner Dave Turocy, of the Department of Public Services and Utilities. The goal of the project is to determine the feasibility for the existing banner poles as a way to improve the lighting along the north side of the Tyler Street corridor. There are an estimated dozen streetlights on Tyler Street.
Turocy says the project helps to address concerns about lighting which have been one of the department’s top issues. “It’s a great step in the right direction. It’s an integration of the city’s existing infrastructure and new lighting. The cost of new poles, services, and lights exceeds our resources, so this is an alternative that has potential.”
Work toward the project began at the start of 2017 to determine several factors including the appropriate type of fixture, lighting to the poles, and the light pattern. “Our aim is for the light to extend more up and down the sidewalk and in the street,” he said.
Turocy credits Street Compliance Inspector Tom Foody for his work managing this project. “He did a yeoman’s job trying to make it happen,” Turocy said.
The new lighting was also installed just in time for the city’s annual Halloween parade, which will be held Friday, Oct. 27.
“It does mean lot to have this additional lighting,” said Becky Manship, the city’s Recreation Activities Coordinator and organizer of the parade. “We’ve consistently heard from parade goers and participants alike about the lighting on Tyler Street, so this helps to show that we are listening.”
For more information on the LED pilot project, please call Turocy at 413-499-9330.