Streetlight project begins this week

By on Monday, June 20th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – The city of Pendleton begins converting all 1,005 of its Pacific Power streetlights from high-pressure sodium to light emitting diode bulbs. More than 1,000 bulbs will have been replaced by the time the work is done in August. The change will mean savings in the long run that will first help cover the cost of the project.

“That money, about $70,000 a year, will be freed up in nine years to be used for the street fund for paving projects,” Public Works Director Bob Patterson said.

There will be some traffic impacts during the work, which will be done between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. Arterial and collector streets will be targeted for the later evening hours. When the work is underway, it could require temporary traffic lane, sidewalk, bike lane or curbside parking restrictions.

The city has weekly updates on its website for the project. It’s estimated the workers can change 40 fixtures a day, taking 20 to 30 minutes per light. For more information go to