After completing reconstruction of North Center Point Road, city officials in Hiawatha, Iowa, have initiated plans for Hiawatha’s first LED streetlight project. The overall scope of the reconstruction effort involves three roadway lanes, sidewalks, trails and streetlighting spanning approximately one mile. Plans include the purchase and installation of about twenty-five cobrahead LED streetlights.
“Initially we considered solar streetlights but eventually determined that it was not the most effective choice for our city. This is the first time our city will install LED streetlights, and we are anticipating significant energy cost savings,” said Tom Theis, mayor of Hiawatha. The project is partially funded by a $66,400 award from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. The total project cost is estimated at about $282,000, according to Ken De Keyser of Hall and Hall Engineering.
“We are not specifying a particular manufacturer or fixture, but we will identify performance based specifications and have a Buy American requirement because of the federal funding,” said De Keyser. Project plans and specifications are expected to be issued around March 21, 2012 with a bid scheduled for April 11, 2012.