The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle City Light (SCL), working in collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), will be closing 15th Avenue Northwest from NW 65th to NW 80th Streets for three nights in early March. The closures, March 6, 7, and 8 (Tuesday through Thursday) from 8 p.m. each evening until 1 a.m. the following morning, are needed in order to conduct a demonstration project evaluating the use of energy-saving LED streetlights.
During the closure, no on-street parking will be permitted along the study area of 15th Avenue NW, and only emergency or test vehicles will be able to drive it. Residents who live in the study area will not be able to enter or leave 15th Avenue NW during the test period with their vehicles, although individuals are welcome to watch from the sidelines on any of the nights.
The goal of the demonstration project is to evaluate the use of energy-saving LED streetlights in wet and dry pavement conditions. The study is similar to demonstrations conducted in Anchorage, San Jose, and San Diego. The guidance provided by these studies will help municipalities in selecting proper lighting levels for LED streetlights, which use up to 50% less energy than traditional streetlighting technologies.
The test results in other cities have shown that LEDs provide a broader spectrum of frequencies and better visibility versus typical high-pressured sodium lights, yet use far less energy. The Northwest utilities currently have more than two million streetlights with many coming to the end of life. LEDs could replace them over the next decade.
The test sponsors are recruiting individuals to take part in the test, which involves a commitment of 2 to 2 ½ hours on any of the test evenings. Participants will be paid upon completion of the test with a $40 Visa gift card for their efforts. Those interested in participating can register online at www.neea.org/seattletest.
Additional information on the study, its sustainability goals, and its resulting energy-efficiency assessments can visit the project website, located at www.neea.org/streetlighttest.
For information on changes to bus service during the closures, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online at www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call (206)553-3000.
For more information contact: Paul Elliott (206) 684-5321
Media contact: Peg Nielsen, (206) 684-8114