Stonebrooke was selected by Hennepin County Community Works to manage the 46th Street Pilot Lighting Project—the largest comparison street lighting study of its kind in Minnesota. The project was designed to determine the effectiveness of two energy efficient street lighting technologies, Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Induction, as compared to the existing city of Minneapolis standard of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting. Parameters of comparison included: cost effectiveness, light output, energy savings, maintenance concerns, and public acceptance. The results of the analysis could have far reaching cost saving and energy saving implications, not only for Minneapolis, but also Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota. The study area was located between 34th and 46th Avenues along 46th Street in southeast Minneapolis. Fifty five (55) street lights were distributed between eight sections of LED lights from six different manufacturers, and three sections of induction lights from three different manufacturers.
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed to involve local stakeholders. The county also partnered with the Longfellow Community Council and Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association to engage residents for their feedback on the project. County staff distributed information to each home within one block of the project area, and at the 46th Street LRT station. We held two public meetings to review the project and get public input. Overall, community members had positive comments on the project. Questions focused on the appearance of the lights, construction and assessment questions, and the use of innovative technologies.
In addition Stonebrooke assisted Minneapolis and Hennepin County in identifying funding sources, which resulted in obtaining partial funding for this project through the Local Road Research Board (LRRB). Other mechanisms associated with the LRRB portion included: evaluating online and mailed neighborhood survey data and leading and hosting a light “turn-on” event where guided technical tours were developed and provided by Stonebrooke staff.