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2014-12-08 - Charlottetown Announces Lighting Project for Confederation Trail

The City of Charlottetown is pleased to announce a multi-phase lighting project for the 11 kilometre portion of the Confederation Trail within the Capital City.

The project will see speciality lighting installed along the trail from Grafton Street to the bypass highway. The luminaries are "dark-sky compliant", which means the distribution pattern will concentrate light on the pathway with minimal light scattering onto neighbouring properties. The 47 Watt LED lights are very efficient to operate, consuming 50 per cent less energy than traditional style lights.

"This portion of the Confederation Trail is very popular and is used as a transportation route for people going to the Charlottetown mall, the Farmer's market, and the University of PEI, as well as a connector between neighbourhoods," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This multi-year project, and the type of lighting we were able to secure, will benefit the users of the trail without negatively impacting the neighbouring properties."

At its December 8 Council meeting, City Council voted to accept a bid from Hansen Electric in the amount of $91,200 for the first phase of the Confederation Trail pathway lighting project. Council also accepted a bid from Richardson Associations for $8,550 for the engineering component. The 19 lights that are being installed in this first of five phases will follow the west side of the trail from Joe Ghiz Memorial Park to Allen Street. The poles will be approximately every 140 feet (43 meters).

"The new lighting initiative is a positive step toward promoting active transportation," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, chair of the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities Committee. "The trail lighting will encourage and promote the use of the trail, as well as make it safer to use."

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Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



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