Thanks to a multimillion dollar investment, Tampa’s about to get a lot brighter.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a new street lighting program, “Bright Lights, Safe Nights,” a $2.2 million commitment over the next five years to expand the city’s current streetlight network by 30 percent.
“Brighter lights mean safer neighborhoods and safer streets,” says Buckhorn. “Joining with our partners at TECO, this initiative will eliminate dark areas where criminals can hide and illuminate streets and intersections where our children cross.”
Improving Tampa’s quality of life, approximately 8,400 new streetlights will be strategically placed throughout the city, including Community Redevelopment Areas and zones with high crime and/or crash rates; installation will begin in January 2013 with approximately 1,683 new lights per year.
“We’ve been lighting Tampa for 114 years and we look forward to doing our part to meet the Mayor’s goal,” says Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, early-morning and nighttime crashes can be reduced by about 35 percent with additional streetlights.
In addition, two research projects by the Institute of Criminology at the United Kingdom’s University of Cambridge in 2005 found that documented crimes decreased up to 45 percent with the financial savings from reduced crimes exceeding the cost of lighting by up to 10 times.
“A well-light city is a safer city,” says Buckhorn.
“Bright Lights, Safe Nights” fulfills Buckhorn’s promise to complete a citywide lighting inventory, determining where updates and repairs are necessary throughout Tampa, including the replacement of dimming streetlights and removal of tree branch obstructions.
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