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Not all the changes that are building #SalemMA are happening in the streets or even at eye-level. Yesterday afternoon a crew from the City's Electrical Department installed the first LED test fixture in one of the City's streetlights downtown. If you were on Washington Street last night, you might have noticed one of the streetlights looked a little different.

Testing will take place over the next several weeks, with the goal of having the final installations of the selected fixture type in all 3,300+ City-owned streetlights by the end of this summer.

Not only will LED fixtures provide a better quality light, improving public safety, but they are projected to save the City around $3 million in reduced electricity costs over the next 10 years. LED fixtures reduce energy consumption by about 50%. Less energy consumption saves money and helps the City lessen its carbon footprint. In addition, because they last longer than conventional fixtures, the City anticipates a two-thirds reduction in streetlight equipment repair and maintenance costs.

Thanks to our partners at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Siemens for helping to make this initiative possible! (2 photos)
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Some clarification from the National Grid Salem Cable Project team:

Over the last week, we have received some questions related to the gas line work taking place around (and in some cases on) the Salem Cable Project route, and so we wanted to clarify a few points. Unfortunately, due to the historic winter from which we're still recovering, a good deal of National Grid Gas's gas line work in Salem has been delayed. Most of the overlapping work between the Salem Cable Project and National Grid Gas construction areas is located around Hawthorne Boulevard and Derby Street. You can expect to see National Grid Gas's work continuing in the the vicinity for six to eight weeks. We are happy to continue addressing any questions that you might have on this issue and, as always, we'll continue to share new information as it become available.
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation

COMMUNITY MEETING: BEVERLY DRAWBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

When: April 1st at 6:00 PM
Where: Beverly High School, Auditorium
100 Sohier Rd, Beverly, MA 01915

On Wednesday, April 1st, MassDOT, MBTA and HNTB personnel will join area officials for a community meeting to discuss the rehabilitation and replacement project for the Beverly Drawbridge that carries the Rockport and Newburyport Commuter Rail Line over the Danvers River. Specifically this meeting is to discuss the 21 day train service shutdown needed for the project which is anticipated for April 2017.

The project scope has been split into two contracts. The first contract consists of approach span concrete pile repairs and will not require any train service shutdowns. The second contract requires a 21 day train service shutdown (April 2017) to complete the full replacement of the swing span superstructure which includes new mechanical, electrical components and hydraulic wedge and rail system.
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