The University of Georgia will invest nearly $2 million over the next two years in a continuing commitment to enhance campus safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The work gets underway this summer with the first phase of the effort, which focuses on LED lighting upgrades and improvements. Light fixtures will be replaced along some of the most heavily used pedestrian corridors along Herty Drive, East Green Street and Hooper Street. Further lighting improvements will follow next spring and summer along East Campus Road and Sanford Drive. The entire project will conclude in December 2020, with a total of 212 lighting fixtures upgraded.
“These improvements will replace old fixtures with energy-saving light-emitting diode, or LED, technology,” said Ryan Nesbit, vice president for finance and administration. “The new fixtures will increase the amount of illumination generated by each individual light, thus deterring crime while also providing the added benefit of reduced energy consumption.”
A second phase of the project addresses security camera coverage near the primary vehicle and pedestrian thoroughfares of North Campus. In coordination with Athens-Clarke County, a number of cameras were already placed and tested during a pilot program, and permanent locations have now been identified. Installation will be ongoing through this fall semester.