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January 20, 2013

New lights reduce light pollution

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Construction on Jenkins will start in early spring with the same contractor; Midstate Traffic Control. This project also replaces OG&E’s infrastructure and should amount to sizable savings for the city.

Lombardo said a standard high pressure sodium light costs the city around $15 per month. These new LED lights are expected to run in the range of $5-6 per month.

There were 71 poles replaced on Main Street. Some poles have more than one light.

“We’ve removed some clutter from the environment,” Lombardo said. “The original system, power was fed from the air.:

Now the power feed is underground.

“That was one big challenges in the project because we had to start with a very congested corridor of utilities,” he said.

The placement of the poles were also of concern because they could affect sidewalk passage.

“Sidewalks in those areas will be widened to make sure we are in full compliance with ADA,” he said.

“I think it’s really a win-win -win project for the city of Norman,” Lombardo said. “We’ve replaced something that was aesthetically a borderline nuisance.”

The new lights are environmentally friendly, cost conservative and aesthetically pleasing.

Joy Hampton

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