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Wed February 8, 2012

278 of Omaha's "string of pearls" to be replaced in April

Omaha's "string of pearls" light a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive.
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278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.

The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.

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