Nonprofit proposes brightening downtown Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An economic development nonprofit wants to enhance lighting in portions of Sioux City's downtown to make it safer for pedestrians.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Downtown Partners outlined plans at a Tuesday meeting with City Council for a multi-phase project to brighten two major streets and the Missouri riverfront area. The organization's board members say they've worked with city staff and several electric utility companies to identify dim or dark areas along downtown sidewalks as well as lighting solutions.

The first phase would include installing festooned lighting on one of the streets as early as this summer.

Downtown Partners Executive Director Ragen Cote says the board estimates initial costs may be around $20,000. Cote says she hopes to have some lighting up as early as June.