The City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and I are interested in hearing your views on how best to light our streets and alleys.
As part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, which will upgrade street lights across Chicago next year, the City is conducting a public demonstration of “next-generation street lights” right here in our neighborhood. Visit the area from Touhy to Chase and Ashland to Paulina after dark to check out the new lights.
The new LED light fixtures have been installed on Touhy Avenue between Ashland and Paulina to determine their effect on an arterial street. Paulina Street from Touhy to Chase has been outfitted with the new lights to ascertain their effect on a residential street. And the alley between Touhy and Chase, running from Ashland to Paulina, has received the new lights to study their effect on an alley.
Please take some time in the next few weeks to visit the demonstration site after dark and complete this online survey to give the City feedback on this pilot lighting project.
Street lights are a big deal in the 49th Ward. Reports of burned out street lights and alley lights are some of the most frequent calls and emails my office receives. And new street lights are among the most popular project proposals to appear on the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting ballot, in which the residents of my ward decide by popular vote how to spend $1 million of my discretionary infrastructure budget.
The Chicago Smart Lighting Project aims to enhance public safety and the quality of life for all Chicagoans by providing better, more reliable outdoor lighting and expediting street light service requests. The Chicago Infrastructure Trust is spearheading the project in close coordination with CDOT. When completed, it will be one of the largest LED conversion projects in the country and will create the nation’s largest lighting control network.
This ambitious city-wide lighting modernization initiative will take advantage of advances in lighting technologies to deliver higher quality, more reliable, outdoor lighting by:
- replacing approximately 270,000 outdated high pressure sodium lamps with modern, energy- efficient LED lights;
- installing a wireless lighting management system that provides real time outage updates, greatly reducing outage response times; and
- making targeted repairs to existing poles and wires, with the goal of extending useful life and reducing failure rates.
Beginning this week and continuing through the end of the year, the City is conducting demonstrations of the proposed new LED lighting to solicit resident input before the Chicago Smart Lighting procurement process is completed.
The 49th Ward location is one of seven demonstration projects throughout the City. For locations of the other demonstration projects, CLICK HERE.
The City asks residents to provide general feedback about light quality, lighting levels and visibility, by using this online survey or by mail at:
CDOT Streetlight Demo
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60602
For more information about the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, CLICK HERE.
Thank you for your help making Chicago’s future brighter.