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Downtown To See Overhead Wiring Work

Overhead wiring will be installed on some downtown street lights beginning Monday, November 5th in an effort to keep roadways illuminated.
“This is a temporary measure to ensure downtown lighting while our Community Development staff continues to work on a new design for the entire downtown street light systems,” shares Norm Goldstrom, Public Works Manager, City of Visalia. “The City Council has directed staff to move forward on the Downtown Street Light Project, and this is a small step in the overall process.”
Working on behalf of the City, contractor AC Electric will install wiring on downtown on Acequia, Court and Bridge Streets. Once the wiring is installed, City staff will modify the existing fixtures to light the streets.
“These modifications are an important piece of the overall project as they allow us to bring back lighting to these portions of downtown,” added Goldstrom. “This fix, along with future modifications, will carry us through until we begin the complete replacement of the outdated and failing 4KV street light system to the new 240 volt street light circuit.”

The wiring schedule is as follows:
  • Monday 11/5: Crews will set up material and equipment
  • Tuesday 11/6: Starting at 7 a.m. crews will hang wire on poles down Bridge Street, finishing at 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11/7: Starting at 7 a.m. crews will hang wire down Acequia Avenue between Bridge and Church Streets, finishing at 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 11/8: Starting at 7 a.m. crews will hang wire down Church Street, then move to hanging wire down Acequia from Church Street to Court Street, finish at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday 11/9: Starting at 7 a.m. crews will hang wire down Court Street, finish at 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday 11/12: Crews will install a 480 volt riser, connect the wire to the riser wire, and build electrical panel.
The wiring work will not significantly impact traffic and all streets will be open as the project is completed.

Per City Council direction, staff is working on the next steps of the Downtown Street Light Project and will be coming back to a City Council meeting in the near future with a Project update, a consultant contract for design, and details on how public input will be received.

For more information, contact Norm Goldstrom, City of Visalia Public Works Manager at (559) 713-4186 or

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