Through close coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), LUMA announced a historic first for Puerto Rico with funding approval for the first phase of LUMA’s “Community Streetlight Initiative” (CSI). The two multimillion-dollar FEMA-funded projects will enhance public safety by replacing thousands of streetlights across Aguada and Maunabo. In total, more than $1 billion in FEMA funding will be invested to modernize Puerto Rico’s streetlight in infrastructure over the next eight years.
Community Streetlight Initiative Project Details
- Nearly $30 million in federal funding is approved for the initial phase of CSI and are part of approximately $98 million in total funding for streetlight projects expected to begin construction in 2022.
- The streetlight projects include the replacement of streetlight arms, photocells, luminaires, poles and other components.
- The Aguada CSI Project repairs and replaces 6,655 streetlights
- The Maunabo CSI Project repairs and replaces 2,428 streetlights
Both projects are set to receive funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which provides funding for reconstruction work for the recovery from major disasters or emergencies. Additionally, both projects will receive critical funding from FEMA’s 406 Hazard Mitigation Program, which hardens infrastructure to mitigate future impacts of severe weather. This hardening work increases the strength of streetlight arms, breakaway bases, concrete bases and poles by increasing the wind tolerance of all materials to 160mph.