City to install dozens of new lights along 16th Street Mall

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DENVER -- The FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers recently shined a light on rising violent crime on the 16th Street Mall. On Tuesday, the city announced brighter lights along the mall will help address the issue.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the city will soon begin installing 182 new, brighter, LED lights along the mall.

“We see as many as 82,000 people on that mall on a daily basis and it’s important that people feel safe,” Hancock said.

That safety will cost about $1.9 million. The money will come from tax increment financing dedicated to downtown redevelopment. Many of those who live or work along the mall say they think it's an important investment.

"It’s a beautiful area and it would be nice if it was just evenly lit and more safe,” said Laura Humes, who works on 16th Street.

“I think it’s very important, especially for weekend night, late nights, people being able to leave the bars and feel safe,” said Jeremy Thornton, who lives near 16th Street.

One of the biggest problems with lighting along 16th Street has been consistency. More of the aging lights have been damaged and gone dark in recent years.

“There’s a lot of them not lit up and for the general safety of the public, you’d think that it would be something they’d want to pay attention to,” Thornton said.

Hancock said the new lights will be positioned more evenly and feature new wiring and poles.

“And so we’ll have a better, more efficient, sustainable system,” he said.

The new lights will be installed beginning in May. The work is expected to be completed by September.

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