Evanston city staff will seek City Council approval Monday of a plan to install fiberglass substitutes for 14 of the city's metal Tallmadge street light poles.
The test will be conducted on a three block stretch of Seward Street between Dodge and Wesley avenues.
The new polls and fixtures cost about 20 percent less than the current ones and replicate most of the design features of the existing street lights.
Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says the multi-part design of the current poles lets water seep in around the base, causing deterioration of the bolts that fasten the poles to the concrete foundation. He says the one-piece design of the new poles should prevent rainwater from getting into the base.
He estimates the new Whatley poles should last 100 years or more -- while some of the existing poles have started to fail in 35 to 40 years.
He says the new aluminum Windsor light fixtures atop the poles use an LED panel that permits adjusting the illuminated area. They're expected to reduce energy consumption and save on electricity costs.
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