The nearly yearlong process for brighter roads is expected to begin this week and last through the fall. Middletown Township crews and contractors will replace approximately three thousand streetlights with LED fixtures.
In May 2016 Middletown joined more than 40 other municipalities in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s program called the Regional Streetlight Procurement Program (RSLPP). Middletown piloted the Bucks County communities involvement with the RSLPP, and a few new fixtures were installed already as an example.
The Township learned the LED fixtures are not just for light. Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) will also provide Middletown with an electronic database, which includes details and GPS locations for every streetlight fixture in Middletown.
The Middletown Board of Supervisors approved the plan in September by passing two resolutions. After an audit with JCI, the Township realized they needed 1,700 cobra headlights and 1,000 decorative streetlights. Middletown estimates the project will be paid off within the next 11 years from savings.
The whole project is expected to cost more than $1 million. According to reports, the switch to LED lights will save the Township more than $1.5 million in PECO energy bills over a 20-year period.
Middletown residents and local travelers will soon see better quality lights with less maintenance and a reduction in energy costs.