Ursinus' new high-efficiency street lights burn brightly along Main Street.

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Students returning to the Ursinus College campus last week for the start of its spring semester were greeted by new lighting along Main Street.

The college last Thursday (Jan. 21, 2010) announced it had installed 21 high-efficiency light-emitting diode devices that match street lights already on campus. The new lights line Main Street, between Fifth and Eighth avenues. The lights were purchased from a local manufacturer, Spring City Electrical Manufacturing Co. Inc. With installation, the project cost was $85,000.

College Facilities Director Andrew Feick notes the new lighting is part of an overall program to increase safety. It is accompanied by a decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on Main Street to 30 MPH. PennDOT in the near future also plans to create crosswalks across Main Street between Fifth and Ninth avenues.

Ursinus’ “commitment to the lighting project is part of a broader vision recommended by regional planners to make the campus and the Borough (of Collegeville) welcoming to pedestrians,” college President John Strassburger said.

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