As part of a larger effort focused on the economic revitalization of downtown Riverside, the village’s board of trustees on Nov. 2 voted to approve adding lights to the Forest Avenue bridge over the Des Plaines River in Riverside.

The four light fixtures themselves, to be installed atop the four corners of the bridge, will cost Riverside $28,292. The lights will be 6-foot tall versions of the cast iron street lights found along residential streets. 

The LED bulbs will not be as bright as the ones in downtown Riverside. Rather, the light level will be more along the lines of the gas lamps in residential neighborhoods.

In addition to the lights, the village board voted to waive competitive bidding and approve a $71,900 contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. for engineering and construction services. The installation of the lights will be done by Lyons Pinner Electric, according to documents provided to the village board.

It’s unclear when the work will start, but probably not until sometime in early 2018. According to the contract approved by the village board, Burke Engineering has promised substantial completion of the installation by May 1, 2018.

The village won’t receive delivery of the lamp posts for eight to 10 weeks, said Public Works Director Edward Bailey.

Power will come from utility poles west of the bridge, said Bailey. The project will entail digging a trench for power lines, which will necessitate some sidewalk removal and replacement around the bridge.

The village had budgeted $65,000 in its 2017 capital improvement plan for both the bridge lighting and a portion of new way-finding signage related to the downtown area. The village’s Economic Development Commission has been working on the wayfinding signage plan for the past year.

Preliminary designs have been considered by the commission and were run by the village board at a meeting in September. At that time, board members requested more specific information on cost, so staff are working with the marketing company, Point B Communications, and manufacturing companies to nail down those estimates.

Action on just how many and what type of signs the village will pursue has been delayed until 2018.