Street Lighting Project Wrapping Up
Duke Energy will soon begin installing new light fixtures along Churton Street between Tryon and Nash and Kollock streets.
Crews will install new energy-efficient LED fixtures, replacing sodium and mercury vapor lights, on existing poles during the month of July. Flaggers will route traffic around work crews as needed.
The lighting replacement is being done at the town’s request and follows similar work on South Nash Street, the commercial section of King Street and the Police Department parking lot.
The project originated with a request from merchants to provide more consistent lighting in commercial areas. The town worked with Duke Energy to develop a plan for consistent LED lighting and settled on a 3,000-kelvin fixture, instead of the more typical 4,000 kelvins, to provide a warmer light than is typical along roadways.
Over time, the town will save on electricity costs and help the environment with the more efficient fixtures, and the new lighting will increase safety for drivers and pedestrians at night.