Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Stretch of Tampa's Hillsborough Avenue to get new streetlights

TAMPA — Along with a new crosswalk and traffic light, a hazardous section of E Hillsborough Avenue is getting a streetlight upgrade, Tampa Electric Co. said Wednesday.

At the request of the city of Tampa and the Florida Department of Transportation, the utility plans to install about 125 new streetlights on 3 miles of Hillsborough from Nebraska Avenue to N 50th Street.

The first section to get the lights will be between N 22nd and N 30th streets. Those are expected to be installed by the end of the year, TECO Energy spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs said. The new lights will use LED technology, which produces a whiter, brighter light.

Transportation officials say 28.5 percent of Hillsborough's pedestrian- and bicycle-related accidents, and both of its pedestrian fatalities since 2011, took place in the dark.

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