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Cleveland plans 61,000 LED street lights, new safety cameras

July 6, 2019 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland plans to replace 61,000 street lights with brighter, longer-lasting, energy-efficient LED lamps in a $35 million project aimed at improving safety and saving the city money.

Cleveland.com reports the city is pairing some of those lights with about 1,000 high-definition security cameras to be installed near crime hotspots, recreation centers, busy streets and intersections to better allow police to monitor those areas and have higher-quality footage.

Crews began installing some of the first LED lights this week as the project was announced. It is expected to take 18 months.

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City officials say the new lights can be controlled remotely, allowing the city to brighten or dim them as needed.

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