Lighting project

Orangeburg’s Department of Public Utilities is improving the street lighting along a three-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 301.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities has upgraded street lights along a three-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 301 in Orangeburg.

The utility replaced streetlights, poles and the underground wires feeding the lights from an area near the Edisto Memorial Gardens to an area near Superior Motors.

"The existing lights are high-pressure sodium and metal halide lights (approximately 30-plus years old) that will be replaced with smart LED streetlights and controlled photocells," DPU Electric Division Director Wade Holms said in February.

"Being this antiquated, it is a problem when repair is needed,” he said.

The $450,000 project began in January 2018.

"This project is designed to provide improved street/roadway lighting to one of the major thoroughfares into the City of Orangeburg," Holms said. "The City of Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities has approximately 1,500 existing streetlights total that will be replaced in phases."

The LED lights use up to 60 percent less energy and last longer, helping reduce maintenance costs.

There are plans to install LED lights throughout the city.

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