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Hillsborough County roads getting new LED streetlights

It's part of Vision Zero goals for traffic safety
Posted at 6:06 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 07:27:13-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- Several locations across Hillsborough County will be getting new LED streetlights, according to the latest amendment to the Transportation Improvement Plan.

These locations include:

  • West Hillsborough Ave. from Dale Mabry to I-275
  • U.S. 301 from Balm Rd. to Bloomingdale Ave.
  • State Road 675/College Avenue from U.S. 41 to 30th St. SE
  • Brandon Blvd. from Falkenburg Rd. to South of Rolling Hills
  • U.S. 301 from South of Crescent Park Dr. to South of E. Broadway Ave.

At a meeting of the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on December 1, transit leaders said these projects will help address a major safety concern.

"Many of our communities, especially as our communities have grown over time, have become corridors that do not have adequate sidewalks to walk along and lighting becomes absolutely crucial," said Commissioner Kimberly Overman of Hillsborough County.

Commissioner Pat Kemp said many of our roads have more cars than ever and new lighting is important.

"Too many of our streets are arterials, and are just not well lit enough," Kemp told fellow transit leaders.

LED street lights may last longer and use less energy than traditional streetlights. Additionally, they are brighter and provide more visibility to drivers to spot potential road hazards, as well as pedestrians and bicylists.

The new LED streetlights should start being installed in 2021.