Bright idea switched on in Queensland

The switch has been flicked on a bright new program set to make Queensland roads more luminous for less, with LED bulbs now replacing older, more energy intensive lights.

The Palaszczuk Government’s money and electricity saving Street Light Upgrade Program is now underway, with the first high pressure sodium luminary lights switched for LED bulbs in Southern Queensland.

Acting Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Steven Miles said the $7.6 million Street Lighting Upgrade Program would also lead to improved safety across the state-controlled network.

“These new lights are a cost-saving enhancement, delivering energy and maintenance savings,” Mr Miles said.

“A projected cost saving of 40 per cent will be realised following the upgrades, as LED lights will only need to be changed every 15 years, rather than every three years.

“Road safety will be improved at upgraded roads, because the white light of LED bulbs enhance line markings and other road features.”

Mr Miles said the locations chosen for the upgrade were those that had lights reaching the end of their 25 year life-span.

“To kick-start the program, we are installing these lights across seven sites in and around the Goondiwindi and Moonie townships,” he said.

“Works at both locations have begun and are expected to be completed in early-September, weather permitting.

“Three other locations along the Warrego Highway, including intersections at Helidon, Tabletop Road and Roaches Road, will be completed later in the year.

“The cost of these targeted upgrades will be about $510 000.”

The entire Street Lighting Upgrade Program will be rolled across the state during 2017 and 2018.

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Media contact, Dominic Geiger, 0447355565

Source: The State of Queensland (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)

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