The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne hired the electrical engineering services of WSP Canada Inc. to prepare drawings for the replacement and installation of new LED street lights on the Main Island Road east, on Kawehno:ke, between Akwesasne International Road and Philip-Hopps Memorial Road.

The Department of Technical Services and its Portfolio Chiefs brought the concept plan to public meetings regarding the Kawehno:ke hydro pole replacement to talk about the need for street lighting as a safety requirement and to receive feedback.

DTS and Portfolio Chiefs collaborated with Cornwall Electric/a Fortis Ontario Company to purchase the new energy-efficient LED lighting and to install the units to the new hydro-electric poles.

The installation is now complete and Kawehno:ke has met the goal of pedestrian and vehicle safety. The picture below will show the example of illumination for the project area. This installation is only the first phase of street lighting and the Department of Technical Services is currently reviewing other areas in the community in need; pending available funding, DTS is working towards providing more improved street lighting throughout Akwesasne.

The MCA and Department of Technical Services thanks the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Indigenous Services Canada for providing the funds to bring this project to completion. MCA also thanks Cornwall Electric/a Fortis Ontario Company for their collaboration with the project.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience as this has been a long time coming,” said Kawehno:ke District Chief Vince Thompson. “This is only phase 1 of Kawehno:ke’s street light plan. We have been receiving positive responses from the community and we’re proud to have utilized the protocols that are in place to get the job done. Niawenko:wa to all those involved in this project.”