Alabama Power has begun changing old streetlights in Mobile as part of a joint job to increase area security and visibility.
Alabama Power and the city of Mobile announced in June an agreement to replace more than 20,000 streetlights with LED components. The new lights are brighter and require less maintenance than the older, high-pressure salt, mercury-vapor and metal halide streetlights.
“When we speak about public security as our No. 1 priority, our company believe that lighting has a lot to do with that,” stated Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “This lighting is going to make a huge distinction.”
Alabama Power begins streetlight upgrades in Mobile from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo. Under the agreement with the city,Alabama Power will install the LED equipment and continue to offer maintenance, repairs and replacement service for the lights and poles. City leaders dealt with Alabama Power to prioritize installations, with the initial work start in Africatown.” We coordinated with Alabama Power to separate
the city into a grid pattern of 16 different zones, “said Jim DeLapp, executive director of Public Works.”We started in Africatown, which is a great place to start. We wanted to make sure we started because area initially and then move into downtown and work our way through the grid.” Alabama Power is working with the city of Mobile to upgrade more than 20,000 streetlights to LED components. (Dennis Washington/ Alabama NewsCenter) LED components utilize light-emitting diodes rather of bulbs. They are more resilient and last longer than standard components, in addition to providing better-quality lighting and presence for drivers and pedestrians.
“I had an opportunity to ride through Africatown the other night and see the distinction,” Stimpson stated. “It’s just a real interesting thing for the whole city of Mobile.”
The city of Mobile joins a growing list of cities and counties in Alabama dealing with Alabama Power on LED lighting upgrades. Comparable jobs are underway in Birmingham and Montgomery.
“This lighting task is so important since it benefits the communities we serve,” stated Patrick Murphy, vice president of Alabama Power’s Mobile Department. “It’s more contemporary, brighter and people feel safer in their neighborhoods. Anytime we can partner on something like this that improves the communities, we’re all for it.”
Stimpson stated he’s appreciative of Alabama Power’s efforts to turn this project into a truth.
“We’ve had a long relationship with Alabama Power, and we have actually teamed up on so many tasks,” Stimpson stated. “When I was informed we might have an opportunity to participate in this, from a public security perspective, it was going to be a substantial plus throughout the city. I’m grateful to them.”
The Mobile project is anticipated to take about 18 months to complete.
“We’ve already got Alabama Power groups dealing with the city to visit all of our parks and not just transform the lights that are already there but also assess areas where we do not have enough lighting from a security standpoint,” DeLapp stated.
For more information about LED lighting from Alabama Power, go to www.alabamapower.com and search for “LED lighting.