Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) began a five-month reliability project on Wednesday that will upgrade aging wooden streetlights and fixtures in various locations throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Over the course of the project, which began in Danville, PG&E will replace approximately 1,000 existing wood pole streetlights with new, longer-lasting aluminum poles. The new streetlights will help improve safety and reliability as well as ensure that all streetlights in a neighborhood will have the same design.
"Previously, streetlights were replaced one at a time when they needed service or removal, resulting in some neighborhoods having different fixture or pole designs on the same street," said John Sofranac, manager of street and outdoor lighting for PG&E. "Through this effort, PG&E will offer our customers aesthetically pleasing and longer lasting streetlight replacement options."
Initial installations took place in the Crow Canyon Country Club subdivision on Wednesday and are anticipated to take two to three weeks. The remainder of the installations throughout the two counties will continue through the end of December between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
"The Town of Danville applauds PG&E for taking a proactive approach to upgrading existing street light fixtures and poles in our neighborhoods," said Steve Lake, Danville's city engineer and development services director. "We continue to collaborate with PG&E to provide Danville residents with safe and reliable lighting options."