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40K LED Streetlights Slated for Modernization Program’s Next Phase

The next phase of Chicago’s four-year streetlight modernization program launched Wednesday, to include installation of an additional 40,000 new LED streetlights citywide. In this next phase, the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) will install new LED lights on residential streets, alleys and viaducts in portions of the far South Side, near West Side and North Side.

In all, the CSLP will replace 270,000, or 85%, of Chicago’s streetlights with LED fixtures. The program also includes creation of a citywide lighting management system for the new LED lights, which will provide alerts when lights need service.

The city has contracted with a team led by Ameresco Inc., a national leader in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, to execute the program.

The modernization is being implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation in coordination with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust and the Department of Innovation and Technology.

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