$150,000 project to replace light towers

NEW LOOK: The light towers will take on a new appearance in the main street, thanks to TEC Contracting whose project manager Moira Coffey, left, is with council's Kathryn Johnson

NEW LOOK: The light towers will take on a new appearance in the main street, thanks to TEC Contracting whose project manager Moira Coffey, left, is with council's Kathryn Johnson

Christmas decorations and promotional signs will be able to hang safely from new and stronger light-towers in Ellen Street.

In a $150,000 project, 13 new towers are being installed in the median strip between David Street and the silos.

“The old towers had safety concerns,” said Port Pirie Regional Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson.

“They were starting to become fatigued at the bottom and one fell over about 18 months ago.

“Now they will be able to carry two banners on each pole and will feature LED lights.

“They will have Wi-Fi receptors on them.”

The council had been unable to put banners or decorations on the poles because of the structural integrity issues.

“The work is hoped to be finished by the end of the financial year,” Dr Johnson said.

“Traffic will still flow, but we will close one lane of the street on each side of the median strip.”

Council has contracted local company TEC for the project.

Works will be managed in stretches along Ellen Street from the railway line to the T-junction at David Street.

The old lights in the median strip along Ellen Street are being removed for safety reasons, according to a council spokeswoman.

The design will allow banners or decorations to be displayed for special events or promotions.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane on both sides of Ellen Street as works are completed along each stretch. Residents were reminded to be mindful of the speed restrictions within any of the work areas.

Mayor John Rohde said the new lights would be a welcome addition to the upgrade of the city-centre.

“The upgrade of the Ellen Street lights coincides with changes being made within the central business district,” he said.

“It is so important that we continue to upgrade our infrastructure and facilities to ensure that public safety is not compromised. These upgrades in the central business district are in line with council’s direction to remain competitive within the region, to be a destination of choice and for our city to be a great place in which to live, work and invest.”

The upgrade of the Ellen Street lights coincides with changes being made within the central business district - Mayor John Rohde

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