May 13, 2014

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will announce the start of a comprehensive lighting program to replace lighting poles and repair fixtures throughout the city at a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 701 S. Front St. in Shipoke.

There are dozens of lights in need of repair and missing light poles throughout the city.  The lighting program is part of an overall plan that will lead to installation of LED lighting throughout Harrisburg.  But lighting fixtures must be in place and in working order to retrofit them for LED lighting.

City workers have repaired cables along South Front Street and replaced bulbs and night sensors in the Shipoke area as they work their way through the city.

“I have asked our Traffic Engineering department to set aside at least one day a week to replace missing light fixtures throughout the city,”  said Mayor Papenfuse.  “We know this is an important issue for our residents, and we want to show that we are taking their concerns seriously.”

Public Works Director Aaron Johnson will join Mayor Papenfuse at one of the locations where lights have been repaired.  Representatives of Lighten Up Harrisburg will also be on hand to talk about the  “Glow Run” slated for June 7  and other efforts to raise funds for lighting projects in the city.  The Glow Run is the city’s first night-time race.  It is a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) race and is organized by the Historic Harrisburg Association in conjunction with Lighten Up Harrisburg.

The city’s lighting repair operation started the week of May 5, 2014,  so far, eight lighting fixtures have been repaired in the Shipoke area, five in River Front Park, two on Tuscarora street and another at the location of Front and Vine streets.  Missing light poles also have been replaced in several sections of the city.

In addition, Public Works crews have replaced a damaged sign at the playground on Race street, and the street name sign at Front and Sycamore was repaired.

For more information, contact  Joyce M. Davis at or call  717 255 3015.


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