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Facilities improves campus lighting

Facilities improves campus lighting

February 18
02:29 2016

Evan McAlister | Staff Writer

@evan_McAlister

The UNT facilities department is in the middle of improving campus lighting as part of an eight-week restoration project, university officials said.

Officials have already replaced 11 light poles to brighten pedestrian paths and parking lots in an effort to make faculty and students feel safer while walking around at night. The reason for the new light poles is that trees and other greenery on campus have blocked light illuminating nearby walking paths.

The lighting project will result in 36 new lights across campus, said Helen Bailey, director of facilities planning and design construction.

Every semester the UNT police and Student Government Association pair up with UNT facilities to conduct a campus safety walk to ensure the campus has sufficient lighting and walkways.

Monthly reports from facilities are issued as a way to notify students and faculty of obstructions on sidewalks and roads.

“Someone from facilities always attends [campus safety walk] to hear comments and respond to issues,” Bailey said.

Some of the lighting issues are on Denton streets. Those observations and complaints are given to the city. If the lighting issue is on UNT property, “technical issues and solutions” are taken into account then added to the priority list.

“Simply put, if it’s deemed to be too dark, checked using meters, then we will see if it’s feasible to add lighting there,” Bailey said.

Staff writer Laura Cortez contributed to this report.

  Featured Image: Light posts are place in the middle of the parking lot to eliminate cars and parking spaces. Tristan Miller | Staff Photographer

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