Public Safety in Cave Junction is a major concern of businesses, residents, City government, and visitors alike.  Both the Illinois Valley Community 20/20 Vision and Strategic Plan and a business survey conducted by the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce showed strong concerns for property security, pedestrian safety, appearance, and increasing downtown commercial activity.


The Cave Junction Downtown Lighting Project is one of the results of an agreement between the City of Cave Junction and the Josephine County Commissioners to keep some of the proceeds from the sale of the County Building local.  The project will increase lighting for pedestrian safety and security of downtown businesses, as well as expand the City’s current streetlight system.  Utilizing low power LED bulbs in durable fixtures, the project will address many at-risk areas around downtown businesses and parking.  All light fixtures will be directional and conform to minimize unwanted illumination of the night sky.


To move the project forward, the City Council approved hiring IVCanDO to manage the project.  Project management will support bidding, contracts, documentation of the project, and public updates. Project partners will include commercial property owners, business owners, the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce, technical consultants, and other project partners. IVCanDO will facilitate a process to design and select the lighting fixtures and how best to successfully implement the project. A budget of $21,000 has been allocated for the Downtown Lighting Project providing match grants up to $1,000 each to business properties to install the new lighting.  All project decisions will be reviewed and approved by both the Cave Junction City Council and Board of County Commissioners.


The project is set to kick off in January with completion estimated by the end of April 2021.


For more information, please contact:  Kenny Houck, IVCanDO Executive Director

[email protected]    541-592-4440

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