Things are looking brighter for those who enjoy walking the greenbelt in Blackfoot in the evening hours as city workers installed the first of a series of lights along the pathway Thursday morning.
Mayor Mike Virtue said one 15-foot solar-powered Bollard light was installed near the boat docks and, if it works like it is supposed to, bids will be put out to purchase up to 40 lights to be installed along the greenbelt.
"We'll go down to the Grove after dark and make sure it [the light] is working right," he said. Virtue said the city plans to purchase about 18 of the tall lights to be placed in various spots around the loop. Five will be installed past the shelter around the south end of the loop and three will be placed at the north end of the loop near the pedestrian bridge. A series of small 3 1/2-foot lanterns will be placed along the fence line and in between the taller lights.
"The greenbelt has high usage year-round," Virtue said. "We keep snow removed off the path in the wintertime and this new lighting will make it safer for those who enjoy using the path when it's dark."
Virtue said city workers hope to have all of the lights installed by the end of October.