PALATKA, Fla. -- As part of the continuing effort to improve downtown Palatka, Florida Power and Light, working with the City of Palatka, will begin replacing 118 streetlights along St. Johns Avenue from 11th St. to 4th St. with new historically accurate, energy-efficient LED lights at the end of May.
Part one of the project will update the underground wiring and infrastructure for the lights and is expected to take approximately five weeks to complete. After completing part one, the old streetlights lining the road will be removed and replaced with new 18-foot 6-inch poles with two lights on top. The project is scheduled to be finished by August.
Although the work will cause some traffic and parking disruptions, every effort will be made to keep them to a minimum and no road closures are planned.
“We understand that a project like this can be an inconvenience to people and businesses, but we will work very hard to keep the disruptions to a minimum,” said Jake Marshal, a manager for the contractor doing the work for FPL.
The installation of the lights is part of a larger multimillion-dollar project to make improvements to St. Johns Avenue in downtown Palatka that includes new landscaping, sidewalks, curbs, intersections and benches.
For more information about the project, visit the city’s website at Palatka-fl.gov or call City Hall at (386) 329-0100.