Big Island Installing and Converting 1,000 Street Lamps Around Island

The Department of Public Works’ Traffic Division is continuing to convert streetlights from the current low-pressure sodium (LPS) lamps to light-emitting diode lamps (LED) this week.

An example of an LED Street Light

The plan is to install twenty LEDs per intersection near traffic signals along Kino‘ole Street from Waiānuenue to Haihai. With minimal traffic disruption and weather permitting, this work could take about a month.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 24-26, special off-duty police officers will redirect traffic during intermittent lane closures along Kino’ole Street in Downtown Hilo from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, beginning at the Waiānuenue Street intersection.

The Traffic Division ordered 1,000 lamps using $500,000 received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActIt will take Public Works a year to convert the streetlights to LED around the island. This summer, ninety streetlights in Waimea were converted to LED.

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