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Smart Street Lights to be tested on Harding Avenue by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Lamp posts shining through the fog on campus. Photo by Sarah Myers for Virginia Tech.

From: The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is testing smart city lighting technologies in the Town of Blacksburg. Streetlights will be equipped with radar sensors on Harding Avenue between Patrick Henry Drive and Owens Street. These radar sensors will dim and brighten the streetlights based on the presence of pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, and other road users. The system will never turn the lights off and dimming will to be at a level that will be not be easy to notice. Streetlights will only be dimmed when testing is being conducted, which is expected to last for up to one week in October and November of 2021. During other times, the lights will be on at full intensity.

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact Rajaram Bhagavathula, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 540-231-5209,  Any questions or concerns for the Town of Blacksburg may also be sent to Chris Lawrence, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Blacksburg, 540-443-1005, or

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