LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 on Thursday began a project to install light-emitting diode luminaires along designated highways and interchanges throughout the region. The district is replacing high-pressure sodium fixtures with solid-state LED luminaires. The light will appear whiter and brighter and will provide more uniform roadway lighting, according to ODOT officials.
“The changes will provide more effective lighting at a much lower cost to taxpayers,” District 1 Deputy Director Chris Hughes said in a press release. “We anticipate a reduction of our electricity cost by as much as 50%.”
Lighting will be added to the top of ramps on Interstate 75 at Bluelick and Napoleon roads and on U.S. 30 at state Routes 115 and 65 in Allen County. In Van Wert County, lights will be added at the ramp on U.S. 30 at Middle Point Wetzel Road.
A lighting reduction will occur at U.S. 30 at U.S. 127 in Van Wert County. Lighting will be removed on U.S. 30 at West Lincoln Highway in Allen County and at state Route 66 and county Road 418 in Van Wert County.