Street light upgrade for Palmerston, Waihemo

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Street lights in Palmerston and the wider Waihemo area are to be upgraded as part of a Waitaki District Council project.
Funding has been approved for the project, which will lead to LED lights replacing the traditional bulbs in streets off State Highway 1, and it will soon be put for tender with the aim of work getting under way after Christmas.
Council roading manager Michael Voss said the decision to continue the project was made after it was approved by the Waihemo Community Board following a successful trial in Roseness St. The New Zealand Transport Agency is also involved.
However, the council needs approval from the NZTA to install new lights along state highways.
Mr Ross said the decision to replace the bulbs with LED lights was a “no brainer”.
“There are a number of benefits. They use significantly less electricity, and secondly, they are very efficient as far as long life goes. You’re getting three times more life out of every bulb.”
The project will also be rolled out in the Ahuriri area in the future, and Mr Voss said Oamaru’s lights would be upgraded at some stage.
Some lampposts will be replaced as part of the project.