Merrydale Ave shines bright

2017-04-04 06:02
Workers installing the new LED streetlights along Merrydale Avenue last week.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Workers installing the new LED streetlights along Merrydale Avenue last week.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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New LED streetlights take pride of place along Merrydale Avenue as a lighting overhaul started last week.

The City of Cape Town has installed several LED streetlights between Wespoort Drive and Spine Road.

At a public meeting with ward councillor Daniel Christians, residents raised concerns about safety along this road.Before the lights were installed last week, there were only streetlights on the left side of the road, and residents claimed the low lightiong was increasing crime on the right hand side.

“The City received requests for improved lighting along Merrydale Avenue, between Spine Road and Wespoort. The new lighting is in accordance with SABS regulations,” says Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews.

The installation costs R600 000 and was financed through the public lighting development department’s capital budget allocation for the 2016/17 financial year.

“The City is in a process of phasing out conventional sodium lights by replacing them with LED luminaires. LED lighting is more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, allowing for better control of the light produced. They also require less maintenance,” says Andrews.

Merrydale Avenue, from Highlands Drive to Wespoort Drive, will also be redesigned, but no timeframe has been decided.

The LED lights will be rolled out to the rest of the city.

“We currently have luminaire replacement projects running whereby we are removing old sodium/mercury vapour fittings and installing LED fittings in their place. This is a long-term project and will be done in phases over a number of financial years.”

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