NOLANVILLE — The extensive Avenue H street project, which stretches from Main to 10th Street, will have decorative street lights put in around August.
The $917,200 road improvement project is already underway, but council members recently decided to spend an additional $9,000 to install 10 14-foot, iron-clad lamp posts with ornamental acorn-shaped luminary tops.
“Part of putting in the sidewalk is to increase mobility and access throughout the city,” City Manager Stephen Pearl said. “We wanted to be able to light up the sidewalk the best we can, but we also wanted to improve the downtown image with some decorative street lighting.”
The council chose the “acorn” style, one of eight styles provided by Oncor, the electric company that services the area. Oncor will also oversee the installation and wiring. The lights are part of a greater initiative to beautify the area and attract residents and businesses.
In other business, Police Chief Gary Kent said the police force will begin issuing citations for drivers who disobey signs around the Avenue H construction site. The police department has been lenient on drivers who are boycotting the detour and driving through the closed site, he said.
“We’re trying to educate the public,” he said, adding that his officers only make through-traffic exceptions to residents who live on the street. All others need to find another way around, he said, or pay the not-so-light fine.