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Twin City Highway losing streetlights

The Twin City Memorial Highway in the City of Tonawanda will continue to be darker into the future.

The Common Council passed a resolution to eliminate streetlights along the busy roadway during a meeting on Tuesday.

The move is being praised as an energy conservation measure designed to help save the city money.

Since 2005, the city has kept the lights off on the roadway as well as its exit and entrance ramps, as an experiment.

"The reason we waited so long was so we can compare accidents and violations," Council President Carleton Zeisz said. "It was determined that this was the way to go."

The streetlights will only be removed on the city's boundaries, stretching from the north city line along the Erie Canal to the Young Street intersection, where the highway becomes Colvin Boulevard.

The lamps, poles and bases will be removed by the city.

Mayor Ronald Pilozzi plans to sign an agreement with National Grid to disconnect the streetlights and abandon underground cables and conduits.

With the move, the city is expected to save about $11,633 per year in energy expenses.

The entire cost of removing and abandoning the streetlights and underground cables will cost the city about $16,000, officials said.

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