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Lafayette to work out Sagamore Parkway lighting kinks

The city of Lafayette is still working out the kinks, but soon more colorful lighting is expected to light up as drivers drive down Sagamore Parkway.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2017 10:09 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 10:05 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of Lafayette is still working out the kinks, but soon more colorful lighting is expected to light up as drivers head down Sagamore Parkway.

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"Overall, I think the response has been very positive," said Mayor Tony Roswarski. "It's about 90-10 with the people who tell me they really like them. And some people say they find them a little bit distracting."

Unlike normal street lights, the lights along Sagamore Parkway are able to change colors because of a clear tube in its center. It was a part of the Restore Sagamore Project.

"And what we want to do is turn those tubes on then for special occasions like, blue for law enforcement memorial week, and turn them pink for breast cancer awareness," said Roswarski.

He said the lights have not been working as well as he would have hoped. Roswarski said they've been off more than on.

"We want them to be a unique feature that comes on and represents something," said Roswarski. "But we've had to have additional work on the controllers and the mechanical pieces that go along with it."

Roswarski said once the Restore Sagamore Project is complete, the lights should also be up and running more consistently.

"When the middle section gets done, because everything is interconnected, we'll get all of those bugs worked out and people will kind of see what we plan to do with them as we go through a full calendar year," said Roswarski.

The Restore Sagamore Project is expected to be complete by June 2018.

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