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JT replacing lights on Broadway

Jim Thorpe Borough approved a lighting project Thursday night aimed at enhancing the aesthetic and safety of the downtown.

The work calls for refurbishing 26 Victorian-style lights along Broadway.

Borough Manager Maureen Sterner said the project costs a total of $44,322, which includes the light refurbishment, a bucket truck rental and labor from the borough’s public service department.

The refurbishment is being done through Schaedler Yesco Distribution via the state’s cooperative purchasing contract.

“Of the total cost, $10,000 is coming from a Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau’s Community Impact Grant, and the remaining $34,322 will be borough funds,” Sterner said.

Council Vice-President Mike Yeastedt discussed the significance of the upgrade at last week’s council workshop.

“One of the lights down there has already been upgraded after it was damaged by a garbage truck,” Yeastedt said.

“It is at the corner of the Inn near the entrance to the parking lot. If anybody wants to see the difference, they can look at that upgraded light and compare it to the others. It really shows what a significant enhancement this project will bring to our downtown.”

An example of the new lights being installed on Broadway. These are the lights that were upgraded by the Inn at Jim Thorpe. JAMES LOGUE JR./SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
A look at the older lights on Broadway. The borough is upgrading 26 lights to improve the safety in downtown Jim Thorpe.