MADISON, NJ – Plans to install LED street lights at many of Madison’s major intersections are in motion, according to the Electric Department’s Acting Superintendent Jim Mattina, who described the potential project to the borough council at Monday’s meeting.
If the project is approved, approximately 96 lights will be upgraded on Main Street, Madison Avenue and the entirety of Park Avenue up to where it intersects with Danforth Road, Mattina said, at a total estimated cost of $30,000.
In recent years, Madison updated at least 17 lights on Main Street in front of Burger King after a child was struck by a passing vehicle in front of the borough’s only fast-food restaurant.
“Two years ago we had a hit and run, a little boy got hit by a car, and we decided to put (LED) lights up from Brooklake Road to Seaman Street,” Mattina said. “They look great.”
LEDs generate less energy and are cheaper to run, said council member Ben Wolkowitz. Madison could save between 60 and 70 percent of what it currently spends to power the old-school lights, according to Chief Financial Officer and assistant borough administrator Jim Burnet.
The updated street lighting would also require substantially less maintenance, Mattina said, and existing lamp posts would not need replacing.
“We’ve had the lights up (in front of Burger King) for two years, and we haven’t been back there once to touch them,” he said. “Every other weekend we’re on Madison Avenue (and) all over town fixing the other lights.”
Funding for the LEDs will be worked into the 2018 capital budget, according to borough administrator Ray Codey.
“This would be brought to the governing body at the first regular meeting in January with an appropriation ordinance out of the electricity utility capital fund so Jim can get moving on this and roll it out,” Codey said.