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Is the city replacing streetlights with new LEDs?

Issue: A reader who noticed new, brighter streetlights being installed near North Avenue and 104th Street asked if those are light-emitting diode (LED) lights. He also asked if the city will be replacing all lights with LEDS. He and another reader also asked about the replacement lights along Menomonee River Parkway.

Status: Yes, the city is replacing all high-pressure sodium lights with the brighter, whiter lights that also light up a larger area, said Randy Michelz, traffic and electrical superintendent. The parkway also is getting the same type of lights.

'We have been replacing these lights over the past two months as part of the infrastructure work that included the sewer project,' Michelz said. He said the city and the county are installing the LEDs throughout the area, in conjunction with big construction projects such as the Zoo Interchange.

'The new lights are brighter, energy efficient and save money,' Michelz said. High-pressure sodium lights need to be replaced as frequently as every four years while LEDS can be good for 20 years, he said.

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