INDIANAPOLIS — If you drive across Indy, you’ll be noticing more street lights in some areas and brighter street lights in other areas to make it safer for you to walk and drive across the city.
Two years ago, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced a partnership with Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) called “Operation Night Light” to end a 30-year ban on installing new street lights while also replacing 27,000 existing lights with new and LED bulbs that are brighter, save energy and are less expensive.
Hogsett says the overall goal is to make it safer for those walking in and driving across the city’s neighborhoods and to curb crime in those areas of the city where fewer street lights exist.
“Lighting up our neighborhoods will reduce crime and it will reduce the fear of crime and those are critically important to our public safety effort,” says Hogsett.
IPL is in the process of installing those new LED street lights along Shadeland Avenue between 75th and 82nd streets on the city’s northeast side.
So far 4,000 lights have been swapped out with the new LED technology.
City leaders say the goal is to install around 100 new lights a month and have the project finished over the next seven years.