The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is leading a national study to evaluate the use of energy-saving LED streetlights, with Seattle serving as one of a number of test sites. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle City Light are coordinating with the NEEA on the Seattle study.
The Seattle arterial chosen for the study is 15th Avenue NW – the section between NW 65th Street and NW 80th Street. The testing will require a complete closure of the roadway between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. for each of the three weekday nights. The closure will not impact east/west traffic on either NW 65th or NW 80th Streets, but it will impact cross streets.
Another impact may be the need to reschedule deliveries. In preparation for the 2012 study SDOT will be analyzing turning radii at key points to ensure large trucks (up to WB-67) can safely make the movements required as part of any temporary detours.
This segment of 15th Avenue NW will be temporarily utilized to run a series of tests comparing lighting conditions and driver input on visibility. Impacts for businesses along this segment, for the three weeknights of planned work between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. include:
• Street parking removed
• Emergency vehicle access only directly from 15th Avenue NW
During testing, regular traffic will not have access to the roadway, though interested parties will be encouraged to watch from the sidelines as researchers test on two different nights, on both dry and wet pavement, and for a third night demonstrate findings to media and area leaders.
The results of the study will support national outdoor lighting standards efforts as well as the development of an LED street and area guidebook for the Northwest. This guide would potentially note how cities can save money with the reduced power demands of LED lighting. By maximizing energy efficiency, NEEA is helping the Northwest achieve a more sustainable future – keeping energy rates and bills low.
Whom do I contact to learn more about the study?
For more information on this study; its sustainability goals; and its resulting energy-efficiency assessments, you may contact:
Stuart Goldsmith, SDOT Project Manager / firstname.lastname@example.org / (206)615-0860
Paul Elliott, SDOT Community Relations / email@example.com / (206)684-5321
If you want to earn $40 as a participant visit: www.neea.org/seattletest