Jobko Stadium gets new lights

BROOKSIDE – Friday Night Lights will never be brighter than at Bill Jobko Stadium this season.

That’s due to an ongoing $300,000 lighting project at the decades-old stadium located between U.S. Route 40 and I-70.

Last week, crews from Spring Electrical, of Mansfield, took down transformers and high voltage equipment from six poles. Then, those same crew members, along with a craneman and torchman from Savage Construction, of Wheeling, cut the poles off several feet above the ground and lowered them to the grass playing surface.

“It’s taken a lot longer than we had originally planned,” Bridgeport Schools Superintendent Ted Downing explained. “We thought we’d be done by the end of May, but AEP required a lot of additional things that they hadn’t thought of at first.

“Then, the state of Ohio took a long time in getting our application, but they still assure us that we will be ready to go when two-a-days begin towards the end of July.”

Bridgeport hosts Columbiana on Perkins Field on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

Downing wanted to make sure residents of the district are aware that no monies from the daily operations of the school were used to fund this project.

“The money being used came from the Permanent Improvement Fund,” he stressed. “That money can only be utilized for projects with a life expectancy of more than five years.”

He said the old light poles were at least 50 years old.

“The new poles will also be 30-foot higher,” Downing noted. “We’re going to 90 foot instead of 60. The bulbs are supposed to be bigger, as well.”

The new bulbs are expected to be installed some time this week, according to Downing.

One new aspect of the poles is that all the wiring is underground.

“There are no more transformers and no more wires strung all over the place,” he added. “That should enhance the beauty of the stadium.”

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