ATLANTA — The city of Atlanta is working with Georgia Power to increase the number of streetlights in the city by 10,000. This was announced by Georgia Power on Tuesday.
This is much-welcomed news for residents, business owners and visitors to the city. Increasing the number of streetlights and upgrading existing lighting will benefit the city. There will be a particular focus on areas with high rates of crime and traffic incidents.
“Through this partnership with the City of Atlanta, Georgia Power is dedicated to providing energy efficient solutions to improve visibility and safety in our communities,” said Bentina Terry, senior vice president of Region External Affairs & Community Engagement at Georgia Power.
Areas with high-quality lighting can often benefit from improved safety and security.
The new LED lights are energy-efficient and would help the city lower its carbon footprint. The lights would be both good for the neighborhoods and the environment.
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The need for the additional streetlights was discovered after an assessment made by the city’s Department of Transportation and a team of industrial engineering students from Georgia Tech. The team looked at several factors when conducting an assessment of which areas needed additional lighting. These factors included crime rates, crash rates and existing lighting coverage.
“The City of Atlanta is proud to partner with Georgia Power to invest in streetlights to help keep our communities safe,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
“We anticipate that this significant lighting investment will help reduce crime and accidents,” said Bottoms.
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