New Lighting on California Street Bridge

The new lights improve safety

New pedestrian safety light poles designed by artist Michael Davis are being installed on the west side of the California Street Bridge over Highway 101 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The improvement project moves into the much-anticipated final stage of construction with the contractor scheduled to complete the installation of eight new pedestrian safety lights in one-week depending on weather conditions.

“The new lights improve safety and welcome residents and visitors alike to Downtown Ventura,” said Mayor Matt LaVere. “Furthermore, connecting our beautiful beach promenade with our historic Downtown will provide enhanced benefits to the many small businesses in the area that are so important to our local economy.”

The California Street Bridge Pedestrian Enhancement Project includes demolition and replacement of the low-height pedestrian railing along the bridge with a six-foot high 250-foot long decorative railing, electrical installation, preparation and installation of eight new decorative pedestrian lighting fixtures, and resurfacing the sidewalk area to create a safer environment for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists crossing the bridge.

The overhead pedestrian lighting fabrication was approved by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The majority of the project is being funded using a federal transportation grant with matching funds paid from Gas Taxes and the City’s CIP fund.

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