Weather delays WF LED light conversion project

Weather delays WF street light project - KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - City of Wichita Falls officials said weather has delayed their LED light conversion project.

Last summer, city workers began to convert 5,700 streets with LED bulbs. So far, 45 percent is complete which includes all residential neighborhoods.

Larry Wilkinson, the city’s traffic attendant, said the weather has delayed work on the city’s busiest roads.

“The ground is so saturated there’s just some things that we have a hard time getting to because the ground is saturated," Wilkinson said. “If we go in there and try to do that, it could be a safety hazard or cause more problems we can repair. Being able to reach the high mass lights with bucket trucks, you have to be careful there so you don’t sink in there in the mud and create a bigger problem."

Johnny McDowell has lived in this Wichita Falls neighborhood since 1992. He has dealt with the old lights and prefers the new LED lights.

“Well, the old light? They were more expensive and I don’t think they shined as bright either,” McDowell said. “[I use these new lights to] see across my backyard. It helps when I let my dog out at night.”

Wilkinson said the new bulbs last 20 years and the old city lights only last five years.

The project is costing tax payers $2.88 but city officials say it will save money in the long run.

“If it saves the city money, it’s good for security at night, then I think it’s a good idea,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said if the weather gets warmer and the soil dries than the project should be complete by mid-March.

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