Project aims to improve safety

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Blytheville Assistant Police Chief Ricky Jefferson and Entergy’s Brandon Decker stand near a new lighting project on Mchaney. The City of Blytheville has been putting a plan in place called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design since 2009. This plan is a multi-faceted plan which involves lighting the city’s snow route, as well as acting as a deterrent to criminal behavior through environmental design. There are a total of 11 streets in this plan, which are the main arteries of the city — North to South Blytheville, and East to West Blytheville. “We are so fortunate to have a great partnership with Entergy and Mississippi County Electric in helping us with these projects,” Jefferson said. “We have a long way to go and we are strictly concerned with the safety of the citizens of our city. We just recently added 11 new light poles and upgraded 30 lights to the brighter 400 watt High Pressure Sodium on Mchaney Street from Elm to Ruddle Road. There was also (2) new lights and poles added on McGruder Lane.”