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Is Wilmington planning to install street lights on major roadways in the near future?

Brian Freskos

Because of budget constraints, Wilmington does not currently have plans to install additional street lights on any roadways, said Don Bennett, a city traffic engineer.

He said the cost of installing street lights would vary depending on the site and whether the city installed the lights itself or if the city contracted with Progress Energy.

“The cost would vary wildly,” Bennett said. “It really is site-specific.”

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4 Responses to “ Is Wilmington planning to install street lights on major roadways in the near future?”

  1. On January 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm HD wrote:

    Seems like the city has money to install street lighting at the new convention center and surrounding downtown streets, yet proper street lighting has never been installed in the annexed areas of Wilmington which was promised years ago. I am talking about Market Street to Military Cutoff and the entire section of Eastwood Road whose multi-use trail is dangerous after dark because there is absolutely no lighting around. So if you are in the future areas of the county to be annexed, don’t expect streetlights.

  2. On January 26, 2011 at 12:16 am beachlady wrote:

    Wilmington doesn’t improve anything. It only annexes outlying areas that do not want to be annexed.

    If you want an example, check out the condition of 3rd St downtown. Shameful!

  3. On January 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm Josh wrote:

    Couldn’t the city redistribute some of the existing street lights to provide more even coverage throughout the entire city? I also think the Eastwood Road is extremely dangerous at night and needs street lights ASAP (budget crisis or no budget crisis). It certainly needs them more than some tiny alley downtown. City staff is not going to take this initiative on their own. They need a push from council.

  4. On February 6, 2011 at 12:52 am Frank Jones wrote:

    Drive down 4th St. and were they installed the post lights Years ago and if you look there are street lights above. The ones above do not come on, so are they waiting to go back to them one day. I can not believe with Eastwood being a major road that it has no street lights.

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