The new lights will create more uniformed lighting to help eliminate dark areas between light poles and improve the visual capacity of city security cameras.
Officials said the million-dollar loan from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Energy will replace about 5,000 light fixtures with efficient LED lighting, saving more than $150,000 per year.
The new lights will also save money in maintenance and repair. Once the project is complete, a new loan will cover lighting on residential streets.
The city has eight years to pay that money back to the state. Each light costs $200 and can last between 10 and 15 years.