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The City of Philadelphia is upgrading street lights to LED

The hope is that the upgrades will make city streets more walkable. LEDs are also more energy efficient than the current street lights and will require less maintenance.

The Vine Street Expressway. Photo by Flickr user @lsc21, taken under a Creative Commons license.

The City of Philadelphia plans to spend $850,000 to upgrade its street lights to LEDs, PlanPhilly reported.

The hope is that the upgrades will make city streets more walkable. LEDs are also more energy efficient than the current street lights and will require less maintenance.

The city is funding the project with a grant from the state. The state recently awarded Philadelphia nearly $5 million for transportation and street upgrades. These funds came from red light camera revenue. Read more about about the planned street and traffic work here.

The city is also working on a $3.4 million traffic operations center that aims to reduce traffic and help SEPTA move more easily through the streets.

Related: This is a map of the city’s red light cameras

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