Conversion of streetlights has begun

Conversion of streetlights has begun

Replacement based on safety issues offered as needed

PAWTUCKET – Residents who are concerned about traffic lights being out on their street should have new illumination by January when the city is expected to wrap up its LED streetlight conversion program.

That said, local police will evaluate individual complaints about blacked-out lights on a case-by-case basis to see if the devices should be replaced or repaired temporarily for safety reasons, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien.

The city’s conversion of its current streetlights to more efficient LED lights is about one-tenth of the way done, said Arboleda, with about 10 percent of them, or 650 of 6,000, done as of Veterans Day.

City Councilor John Barry III, at the Nov. 6 council meeting, said he’s heard from a number of residents who are concerned about lights being out in their neighborhoods. Those people have been calling the Department of Public Works, he said, and have been told that the current lights will not be replaced until the conversion. It’s “very, very dark” on some streets, said Barry, and people don’t feel safe. He asked what it would take to get bulbs replaced now rather than making people wait.

Councilor Meghan Kallman said she also had constituents reach out with similar concerns, particularly at Halloween. She said she was told that it costs about $500 to replace a light with everything involved.

Officials say this project will go from west to east, with work done by contractor Siemens.

The new streetlights are expected to provide more efficient downward light onto streets, making it appear that they’re actually brighter when in fact they’re just keeping light from escaping into the sky.

Comments

Have you seen what happens when these street LED`s go bad? Rapid flashing like a strobe light. Claims are, they`ll last for years, but that`s hardly the case. As the technology advances, hopefully the issues will be corrected.