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Seeing the light in Newton

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 24, 2007 08:45 AM

NEWTON

Its tough enough driving in the dark, but more so when many of the street lights are out.

Within two weeks, however, the city is expecting private companies to bid on a contract to switch more than 8,000 of the citys 8,486 lights from mercury to high-pressure sodium. The changeover was in the works as an energy saving measure, but will also result in fewer dark light poles, city officials said.

A Globe West nighttime survey on four major thoroughfares through eight neighborhoods in December showed as many as 10 percent to 25 percent of the lights out in some spots, including intersections and village centers.

I expect the work to begin over the summer and continue into the fall, said Jeremy Solomon, spokesman for Mayor David B. Cohen.

-- Connie Paige

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