Kentucky installing energy-saving lighting along roadways

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has launched a statewide project to replace thousands of roadway lighting fixtures with energy saving LED lights.

The upgrades will reduce energy consumption of roadway lighting systems by more than 50% and save more than $2.8 million a year in utility and maintenance costs, according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

“Modernizing our roadway lights with more efficient and longer lasting LEDs is a win-win strategy to stretch taxpayer dollars, improve roadway visibility and reduce the number of maintenance-related lane closures,” Kentucky's Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said Monday in a news release.

More than 18,000 lighting fixtures will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights on some state-maintained roads across Kentucky, officials said. The project includes replacing underground lighting in the Cochrane Tunnel in Jefferson County and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel in Bell County.

About 1,500 lighting fixtures at state-owned maintenance garages and parking lots also will be replaced, the release said.

The project is expected to be complete by early 2022.