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Solar lighting installation for a safer cycleway

Construction of new solar lighting on the Armidale Cycleway is scheduled to begin this week, with a longer section to be fitted with lighting as a result of improved cost efficiencies.

Council will now install a total of 49 solar lights – 44 from Markham Street and Niagara Street and a further five lights on the western section from Niagara Street – to help improve safety for cycleway users.

Initial concept designs for the project included lighting between Markham Street and the Donnelly Street Bridge, after Council received assistance from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

“The finalisation of design - in consultation with the designer, Lightning Art & Science, and the tender submission from contractor JLE – provided improved cost-efficiencies which allowed us to increase the number of solar lights and extend the section to approximately 1.3 kilometres,” Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Susan Law, said.

Installation of the lights will begin on Monday 3 August and is expected to be completed in October and will require some temporary closures of sections of the cycleway.

Onsite signage will provide updates about closures and further information for cycleway users.

Updates will also be available on the Works & Projects page of Council’s website.

Local police advised the section west of Markam Street was a preferred location for the new lighting because of the high number of users on that section and police records of previous incidents.

Ms Law said Council will continue to advocate for additional funding so further lighting can be added to other critical links within the cycleway to improve safety.

Council received $450,000 in funding through Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund, for a two-part project:
Upgrade five CCTV analogue cameras in Armidale’s Beardy Street Mall with digital cameras, including a network upgrade to include optic fibre infrastructure.
Install and commission solar lights on the cycleway within the Armidale CBD precinct.

The CCTV optic fibre infrastructure upgrade was completed last month. Installation of the digital cameras is scheduled to be completed this month and is expected to cost $45,000.


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