Brighter nights are ahead at Southern Illinois University. The Carbondale campus will be getting improved lighting on its 40 miles of pedestrian walkways, including 400 LED fixtures, thanks to $1.5 million from the state’s capital construction program.

Chancellor Paul Sarvella says the vice chancellor for administration and finance has been working on this. “Over the last couple of years, Kevin Bame and his colleagues have been working to develop the infrastructure to improve the lighting, and they’ve done a good job. But we haven’t had enough money to finish the job,” he said.


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The goal is safety; Sarvella believes the paths will look and be safer if they’re better lit. “Safety is our No. 1 concern of everybody who attends SIU and everybody who visits it,” he said.

Students and staff have considered some outdoor areas dark and unsafe.

The project includes replacement of old electrical wiring.

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