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Does the city have plans to add street lights in Wilmington?

Julian March
StarNews

Q. When will the city of Wilmington provide street lights on unlit portions of Eastwood Road, Market Street and Oleander Drive/Military Cutoff Road?

A. The city has not budgeted funds to add any additional street lights for the upcoming budget year, said Karen Dixon, a GIS analyst in the city’s traffic engineering division.

Because of previous rate increases, the street light program is presently over budget, Dixon said.

As of January 2014, The city leases 8,267 street lights from Duke Energy Progress. For those leased lights, the power company charges the city a flat rate per light to. From July through December 2013, the city paid $680,850 for those lights, Dixon said.

Additionally, the city owns 680 lights that are primarily downtown. The city pays for those lights based on how long they are on. During the same July to December 2013 period, the power bill for those lights was $28,100, Dixon said.

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