Crews will begin installing new lights along Highway 101 Monday that are expected to save money, reduce energy use and increase driver’s ability to see at night, according to a state Department of Transportation news release.
The state’s first light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system will be installed to replace the old high-pressure-sodium (HPS) system along Highway 101 near the Black Lake Boulevard interchange.
“This is the first time we’ve used LED lights on a state highways and for most drivers, it will be quite a change,” said John Nisbet, WSDOT traffic engineer. “LED lights appear whiter and brighter than our standard lights. And those who travel the area late at night will see some lights dimmed or shut off completely.”