Today the city installed the first lights in the city’s plan to convert more than 7,000 street lights to LED's.
The new lights are at Hawley and State streets downtown, Oak and Leroy streets, and Williams place on the south side. The cost of the $4 million project is being paid for by bonding. But the city hopes the energy savings will offset the costs. Officials say the LED lights will shine six to seven times brighter than traditional bulbs. The entire project is expected to be completed by early 2016.