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via Wkyc:

On Monday, the city of Cleveland launched a new phase of Mayor Frank Jackson’s ‘Safe Smart CLE’ initiative, beginning the installation of 61,000 new LED streetlights throughout the city.

The streetlights, which will be installed over an 18-month period, combine cost-saving and energy-efficient LED streetlights with smart camera technology at a cost of $35 million dollars.

“This is a very unique project,” said Mayor Jackson at a kickoff press conference. “Cleveland is the first and only city that offers both components at the same time – we’re changing 61,000 streetlights to LED and we’re putting cameras up in association with those streetlights for improved public safety.”

Phase one of the streetlight conversion is beginning in Ward 1 with LED streetlight and smart camera installations in the Lee-Harvard neighborhood.

The city adds that it plans to install LED lights and cameras near its 22 recreation centers and, in wards where there are no recreation centers, in crime hotspots and main streets and intersections.

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