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Columbus City Council Voting On Lighting Project In Linden

The former New Harvest Urban Arts Center in Linden.
Nick Evans
The former New Harvest Urban Arts Center in Linden.

Columbus City Council on Monday plans to approve a contract for a project to replace street lights in Linden.

The SMART Lighting Pilot project will replace about 2,500 street lights in the neighborhood with LED lights. Simultaneously, the city is negotiating a contract with a Smart Lighting Control System vendor, who would install smart lighting nodes when the project is complete.

City Council hopes the lights will increase residents’ sense of safety and deter crime in the neighborhood.

The city plans to enter into a construction contract with Complete General Construction Company for $892,250.50 to complete the project.

According to a Columbus City Council spokeswoman, the city estimates it will begin replacing the lights in late June. However, there is no official timeline yet for the duration of the project.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.