ATLANTA – Mayor Andre Dickens today (May 26) helped Georgia Power crews “light up” Terry Street SE as part of the citywide streetlight installation and repair initiative “ Light up the night”.
Dickens rode in a Georgia Power bucket truck to help replace an unserviceable light with a new LED model. Earlier this week, the mayor received special training required by all Georgia Power installation and repair crews.
The replacement completed today is just one of more than 3,000 streetlights installed, repaired or upgraded to date as part of the “Light Up the Night” project – a unique partnership between Georgia Power and the city announced to the first time in June 2021 to increase public lighting in the city. footprint of 10,000 energy efficient LED lamps.
Additionally, the Atlanta City Council recently approved the sale of all city-owned streetlights to Georgia Power for future maintenance and repair. This builds on the “Light Up the Night” partnership and includes an additional 9,000 streetlights across the city, officials said. Georgia Power will begin work immediately by first repairing inoperable lights and then upgrading all lights to LED technology over the next 18 months.
Officials said this holistic effort will improve safety and visibility and reduce crime and traffic accidents in Atlanta’s most needy areas. Additionally, the upgraded LED lights will significantly reduce the city’s energy consumption and reduce its annual carbon footprint by approximately 2,000 tonnes.
“The ‘Light Up the Night’ initiative is a central part of my administration’s plans to move Atlanta forward,” Mayor Dickens said. “Today we participated in one of 10,000 installations and replacements, and we expect substantial completion of the entire project by the end of this year. We look forward to the reduction in crime, accidents and carbon consumption that this effort will bring to the city of Atlanta.
The City Council-approved purchase agreement and “Light Up the Night” initiative follows an inventory and assessment of streetlights conducted by the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) and a team of engineering students industrialist from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Auditing:
- Prioritization of lighting needs based on crime rates, accident severity and current lighting coverage.
- Revealed the south and west sides of the city as the most needy areas.
- Identified the need for over 7,500 new lights and another 2,500 requiring repair or replacement.
ATLDOT Commissioner Josh Rowan said the “Light Up the Night” project is going well, with lights already installed or upgraded in seven disadvantaged neighborhoods prioritized in the street lighting assessment:
- Thomasville Heights
- Audubon West Forest
- rock park
- bakers ferry
- Fairburn Road
- city of the vine
- Todd Street
Street light installations and replacements are continuing in other high-crime, high-accident areas of the city based on Georgia Power’s implementation plan, and as quickly as possible based on the available supply of streetlights and necessary equipment.
“We are thrilled to extend our long-standing partnership with the City of Atlanta and continue our support of the ‘Light Up the Night’ initiative, which is already clearly visible on the roads of Atlanta,” said Chris. Womack, Chairman, President and CEO of Georgia Power. “This program is a direct investment in our capital that will contribute to the sustainability of the city while improving the quality of life for millions of residents and visitors and, as our employees work and live in these areas and also walk these streets, it there is real pride in this project through Georgia Power.
Photo courtesy of the City of Atlanta.