PEORIA, Ill. – As part of efforts to modernize local infrastructure and make our streets safer, state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, will be accompanied by Peoria Mayor Rita Ali and local leaders Monday to highlight grant funding she secured for street light replacement in area neighborhoods.
“Sadly, some of the light poles still in use today are literally crumbling,” Gordon-Booth said. “As we begin to replace them, we are increasing public safety because it allows the area’s police presence to be more visible, makes residents more likely to spend time outside, shows that the leadership is committed to improvement and gives the neighborhood a greater sense of pride in their community.”
“This significant investment in brighter and more efficient street lighting is beneficial to the well-being of our community while making our streets safer for everyone that uses them,” Ali said.
Monday’s press conference will be held at 1 p.m. at the 500 block of W. Main St. in Peoria, an area in line to receive lighting upgrades. The project’s planned scope includes:
- The SW Adams St. concrete poles;
- MacArthur pedestrian lighting near Martin Luther King, Jr. Park;
- Orchard District, including Flora, Ellis and Elizabeth Streets;
- Glen Ave. from Sheridan to Knoxville;
- Prospect Ave. from London to Forrest Hill;
- Frostwood near Mark Bills Middle School from Andover to Creighton Terrace;
- Willow Knolls from University to Allen.
In total, $3.39 million is expected to be spent on the project, with $2.5 million provided via a state grant. Local and federal money will cover the rest of the project.
For more information, please contact RepJGordon@gmail.com or SPeterson@PeoriaGov.org.