MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) Marshfield’s Board of Public Works has amended the city’s policy regulating the location of municipal street lights.
The city’s previous policy had provided for lights only at intersections, unless a city block was more than 500 feet in length. Under the new guidelines, the city will now consider special exceptions for “mid-block” street lights in locations with geometric needs such as curves, hills, or other possible safety hazards such as playgrounds.
Board member Ed Wagner says 35 to 40 locations around the city could possibly meet criteria for mid-block lighting. According to Wagner, “These are streets that have sharp curves in them, that did not allow a straight line of light to go around it. The exception I’m looking for is when the geometrics of the street dictate it.”
Requests for additional lighting under the new policy will still need to go before the Board of Public Works for approval.