Temecula begins process to retrofit streetlights

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The city of Temecula started the process of retrofitting more than 7,000 streetlights with LED light fixtures in November.

Temecula is one of 11 jurisdictions participating in the Western Riverside Council of Governments Regional Streetlight Program.

The program was established in 2014 to assist participating jurisdictions in purchasing streetlights from Southern California Edison for LED conversion.

Temecula is spending about $7 million to purchase and retrofit the streetlights, according to Pat Thomas, the city’s public works director.

That investment is expected to result in an estimated $17 million in energy savings over a period of 20 years, an announcement from the city of Temecula said.

The city’s contractor, Siemens Mobility Inc., started the retrofitting process Monday, Nov. 25, on the northern end of the city near Winchester Road and will continue south toward Temecula Parkway, according to the announcement. Impacts to traffic on major roads will be minimal, and the retrofit is expected to be completed sometime in spring 2020.

Streetlight issues, work orders and outages can be reported directly to Siemens Mobility at their 24-hour call center at (951) 784-6600, the city said. Residents and businesses can also report streetlight issues online by visiting the city’s webpage at https://temeculaca.gov/1097/Contact-City-Staff.

Other cities participating in WRCOG’s Regional Streetlight Program include Eastvale, Hemet, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Perris, San Jacinto and Wildomar.

Impacts to traffic on major thoroughfares will be minimal, and residents are encouraged to obey work zone traffic laws for safety the streetlight LED retrofit is anticipated to be completed in spring 2020.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.

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