Work began last week at the intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Whited Street to complete the city's first-ever comprehensive traffic signal upgrade since 1940, converting all City operated traffic lights to energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED).
By converting to LED fixtures, the city will save taxpayers approximately $325,000 per year through energy savings and the cost for the conversion will be paid for through the savings. Following a competitive request for proposal process last March, the city selected Carnegie based CLT Efficient Technologies to execute the project.
“Not only will we be upgrading our traffic lights, but we're doing it without costing the taxpayers one single dollar,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.
Drivers will see little disruption in traffic during the conversion, but will notice a difference in the intensity of the signals, improving the visibility of traffic lights.
The City currently spends more than $400,000 per year to power its 605 intersections.
CLT will use four crews to perform the work over a period of about six months.