Street Lighting Upgrade Celebration Scheduled for Oct. 6


The Public Works Department is holding a street lighting upgrade celebration at 1115 SW Ninth Road Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

The lighting upgrade, which changes traditional amber lighting to high efficiency LED lighting, will provide a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers after dark. The lighting output and uniformity are estimated to have increased by about 30 percent and 23 percent respectively, while reducing energy consumption by about 17 percent. These improvements are a part of a larger project which aims to improve neighborhood lighting through public and private partnerships.

Gainesville Regional Utilities installed the lighting upgrades in September at a cost of about $20,000. Funding was provided through the City of Gainesville Capital Improvement Plan. Additional areas where lighting will be improved include the University of Florida’s Sorority Row, Duval Heights and College Park neighborhoods.

Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy will briefly speak about the newly upgraded street lights. Parking is available in the PK Yonge parking lot, which is located at 1080 SW 11th Street.