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A Rapid City-based company has been awarded a contract to design plans for a major street-lighting project in the downtown area.

Skyline Engineering of Rapid City was chosen by the Business Improvement District Board to create the plan. The entire project is expected to cost more than $1 million, Sandra Schwan, president of the BID Board, said Tuesday. 

The BID Board hopes to put street lighting down Main and St. Joseph streets from East North Street to West Boulevard that will be similar to the lights at Main Street Square and the segment of Sixth Street and Kansas City Street, Schwan said.

"We hope it will set downtown apart from other areas of the city by giving it a distinct feel, as well as providing better lighting at night to improve pedestrian safety," Schwan said.

Skyline Engineering was awarded the project based on interviews and written presentations, according to a news release.

The project still has a long ways to go before construction begins, she said. Once Skyline Engineering draws up preliminary plans, the BID board must make a presentation to the Vision Quest Committee this summer to secure enough funding to finish the project.

Money from the Business Improvement District Fund will also be spent on the project.

Construction should start in 2015 and is expected to be finished 12 to 18 months after that if everything goes according to plan, Schwan said.

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