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|Project Name||Oregon Roadway LED Light Replacement Project|
|Location||Region 1, Oregon|
|Project Sponsor / Borrower||Oregon Department of Transportation|
|Value Capture Techniques||N/A|
|Mode||Other: Roadway LED Light Replacement|
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is replacing over 8,000 roadway high-pressure sodium lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lights on Region 1 highways. This includes the Portland metro and Hood River County areas, and various cities including Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, and Washington.
The project aims to reduce electricity and maintenance costs, improve light quality, enhance safety, and help meet the State's carbon-reduction goals.
To minimize the impact on traffic, ODOT will perform most of the work at night. Most lane closures will be short, but longer lane closures or full closures will be required to replace the lights and control systems in tunnels. During the project, ODOT will recycle lighting and removed materials, while matching or maintaining existing fixtures. Each fixture is expected to take about 20 minutes to replace, and in most cases, crews will turn off several lights in a row and move a lift truck from one light pole to the next as fixtures are replaced.
To avoid nighttime vision issues with bright white lights, ODOT chose to use 3,000 K fixtures on exterior roadways. This burn temperature has a warmer look that is considered “dark-sky friendly.” The new LED lights come as one electrical unit and last longer than high-pressure sodium lights, so they will help reduce overall maintenance costs.
|Cost||The not-to-exceed amount for the contract with Ameresco is $18.6M, including contingency.|
|Project Delivery / Contract Method||Energy savings performance – The project is being funded via future energy cost savings from the estimated lighting energy reduction costs over the lifecycle of the LED fixtures (15–20 years).|
|Project Advisors / Consultants||Oregon Department of Transportation|
|Duration / Status||
LED replacement began in May 2020 and is scheduled to continue through summer 2021.
|Financial Status/Financial Performance||
The project is funded through a contract with Ameresco, which allows ODOT to pay for the replacement through future energy savings costs. This means ODOT can pay for the project without taking money from other projects and priorities.
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|Title||Community Affairs Coordinator|
|Phone #||(503) 731-4812|