More light, less cost coming to major Raleigh-Durham highways

November 9, 2017 by  

Early morning commuters and others who find themselves driving after dark will find local highways more brightly lit as a result of a contract worth $30.8m awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

The big job of replacing over 10,600 light fixtures along the state’s major thoroughfares has already begun at over 353 North Carolina locations. It is anticipated that in early November of 2018 J. Brady Contracting, Inc. and Trane U.S. Inc. will have finished the project.

Awarding a contract for such a large job as this one is a tremendous responsibility, and often comes down to the quality of the proposals and presentation folders containing them.

In addition to making it easier to see, the changes in lighting are expected to save a significant amount of money for the state. It is estimated that lower electrical and maintenance expenses will amount to $56m over the next 15 years. According to NCDOT, the money saved will come about primarily from switching to the lower-maintenance, longer-lasting LED lights from the high-intensity lighting currently being used.

Locally, the changes in lighting will be along I-40, I-77, I-85 and I-95, the Triangle Expressway and I-440 and 540 in the Raleigh-Durham area. Throughout the state in excess of 12,000 building lights are also part of the contract, some of which will be put in rest stops, visitor centers, NCDOT county maintenance facilities, and weigh stations.