MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery has begun an upgrade to its streetlights, thanks to a project with Alabama Power Company.
According to the city, starting this week 22,462 streetlights will be upgraded to energy-efficient LED systems. The project with Alabama Power Company began February 2018 when the company agreed to transition the lights from mercury-based to LED at no cost to the city.
“Today, we are making good on our promise to build a brighter future in the Capital of Dreams,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “While saving taxpayer dollars and reducing energy consumption, this project will ensure Montgomery stays on the cutting edge of technology and infrastructure. Not only does it complement the overhaul on Court Street and those coming soon on Fairview and Zelda, but it is essential to leveraging technology to drive economic growth and development in the River Region.”
LED bulbs burn brighter and illuminate a larger area, city officials say. Fewer dark spots on the road makes for safer neighborhoods and roadways. The lights come with the ability to direct light and shield it, which allows the city to do its part to decrease light pollution by reducing light spill and glare.
The switch will begin in west Montgomery on Reese Road and north Montgomery along Wares Ferry Road. From there, crews will fan out counterclockwise to neighborhoods throughout the capital city. The project should be completed in approximately nine months.
City officials anticipate a savings of $600,000 over the next five years.