Metro Place will soon join the green movement as the city outfits its streetlights with LED bulbs.

Metro Place will soon join the green movement as the city outfits its streetlights with LED bulbs.

Dublin has been using LED lights that boast less energy use and a longer life in traffic signals for six years, but will install the first LED streetlights as improvements are done to Metro Place North and South.

Improvements began July 19 and are expected to be completed in October. Construction will include 5,100 feet of new bike path along Metro Place Drive that hooks into existing bike paths on Frantz Road. Metro Place North and South will also be resurfaced, curbs and gutters will be replaced and all drive entrances along with outside of the loop will be reconstructed.

The $1.1-million project will also include the installation of 34 LED streetlights a first for Dublin.

"LED streetlights were not used before the demo on Coffman (Road)," city engineer Paul Hammersmith said.

In May, the city installed four LED streetlights in front of Coffman High School. Public comment on the lights is being taken on the city's website at Dublin.oh.us until Aug. 4.

"This is a first for us, but the demo project has gone very well," Hammersmith said. "We've gotten very good feedback with those."

According to information from the city, LED lights use about 90-percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and as much as 50-percent less energy than a compact fluorescent bulb. When compared to streetlights, LED lights last "100,000 hours or longer, which is approximately 12 years. This is 3.5-times longer than high pressure sodium street lights," information from the city said.

LED lights are also recyclable and contain no mercury, unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, the city said, and there are studies that say LED lights emit less carbon dioxide than traditional bulbs.

After converting traffic signals to LED, Dublin "experienced a significant drop in watts necessary to run the traffic signals," information from the city said. "This allows signalized intersections in Dublin to operate normally if there is a power failure for up to 12 hours."

"We're also looking forward to energy savings and the actual light quality will be better than high-pressure sodium lights," Hammersmith said.

Construction did not begin until after the Arthritis Foundation's annual car show that is held in Metro Place, but will be going on during the Dublin Irish Festival and Can-Am Police-Fire Games.

Events were taken into account when Dublin contracted for the work with Columbus Asphalt Paving. The contractor is required to maintain full access to all Metro Place businesses during city events.

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