New highway lights aim to increase safety, lower costs

Updated: October 07, 2019 07:05 PM
Created: October 07, 2019 05:05 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —Monroe County highways are about to get a lot brighter.  

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo broke ground on a $24 million highway lighting project on Monday.

She says this project will reduce the county's energy consumption by 50%, while also generating over $150 thousand a year in energy savings.

Several years ago, News10NBC aired a report showing dark sections along county highways where the lights had been burned out for years.  At the time, drivers told us it was a safety concern.  

Dinolfo says this new lighting project will improve safety by replacing the current lighting network with one that has highly-resilient, consistent, uniform, and energy-efficient lighting.

The project is expected to last six years, with construction this year taking place on 490 from Howard Road to the Village of Churchville, as well as along 390 from Lexington avenue to Route 104. 

Next year, work will begin on 590 from 490 to Route 104, and Route 104 from Goodman Street to Basket Road. 

"Part of the project is total transformation and that 24 million dollar project will [do that] below ground and above ground," said Dinolfo. "But on the above-ground, we're installing new LED lighting which will again last for years and years and helps with the energy efficiency and also helps with the maintenance of this project."

This highway lighting project is separate from New York State's construction project at the 390-490 interchange.  

In that case, the state is simply incorporating lighting upgrades into that project. 

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