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Eastvale Purchases Streetlights From Southern California Edison

Post Date:03/19/2019 5:26 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 March 19, 2019

 

EASTVALE PURCHASES STREETLIGHTS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

EASTVALE, CA – On March 15, 2019, the City of Eastvale completed the purchase of 4,130 streetlights located within City limits from Southern California Edison (SCE).  The City is now responsible for maintaining these streetlights and plans to begin retrofitting its streetlights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology by May 2019 and should be completed by July 2019.  These LED streetlight fixtures will enhance public safety, create more visibility, and will use 75% less energy than traditional streetlights.

Previously, streetlights within the City of Eastvale were owned by SCE and maintained by Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD).  Now, the City in partnership with Western Riverside Council of Governments, has acquired all eligible streetlights in Eastvale, and will be responsible for any maintenance and upkeep.  Please contact the City of Eastvale with any street lighting issues at 951.703.4468 or report issues online.

“As a community, we are grateful for the partnership with JCSD, SCE, and WRCOG in acquiring our street lights.”  Mayor Todd Rigby said.  “Having these lights will help with enhancing public safety and economic development by retrofitting the streetlights to LED, utilizing the poles for additional banner display, and assisting with Eastvale becoming a smart city. “

As part of this acquisition, the City looks forward to retrofitting each streetlight with LED fixtures; an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional lighting.  LED lights align with the City’s strategic goal to enhance public safety by using less energy and producing a more natural light on street surfaces.  The new LED lights are expected to last fifteen to twenty years; a significantly longer time frame than the 5-7 years for traditional lights.  Acquisition of these street lights will also serve as a revenue stream while we bring better cell phone and internet carrier service through opportunities of small cells with 5G technology to our city.

“We are pleased to take part in a project that will not only increase public safety in our community but will also save the City money over a 20-year period.”   City Manager Bryan Jones said.  “We look forward to implementing the LED fixtures that will ultimately increase visibility through improved lighting in our city.”

This project has been reviewed and endorsed by astronomers and scientists of the Mount Palomar Observatory and will abide by the Dark Skies requirement to reduce the interference from street lighting in nearby communities. 

 About the City of Eastvale

The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010 as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council.  The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square-miles in western Riverside County.  The City is strategically poised between Interstate 15 and California State Routes 91, 60, and 71, making access easy for residents, visitors and businesses alike.  Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values.  For more information on the City of Eastvale, please visit: www.EastvaleCA.gov.

Media Contact:

Olivia Applegate | Public Information Officer 

951.703.4415 | oapplegate@eastvaleca.gov

 

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