A new project is looking to upgrade the street lights on Oleander Avenue in Central Bakersfield.
The current lampposts dotting the street are 70 years old. Many residents say the dim lighting is a safety concern.
“We do park on the street, and we do have a lot of problems with people breaking into cars,” said Oleander resident Rebekah Ingle. “We do need a system that’s easier to maintain, and we have issues with our lights going out pretty regularly.”
Andrae Gonzales, Bakersfield City Councilman of Ward 2, added, “There is a strong correlation between improved street lighting and neighborhood safety.”
As a result, Bakersfield is looking to replace 25 existing lamps on Oleander between California Avenue and Brundage Lane. The new LED lights will be brighter and more energy efficient.
This project will be made possible by nearly $500,000 in federal funds.
However, before the project is greenlit, the city must receive the community’s feedback.
A concern of many residents is preserving the neighborhood’s history.
“I’m just concerned about the history of our neighborhood and the preservation of the look of the neighborhood,” Ingle said. “There’s this oleander design around the bottom of them that’s really beautiful and really unique to our area.”
However, the city ensures the new lights will still have a vintage element of design.
If you have a comment or concern about this project, you can email Hayward Cox at email@example.com.