Today, April 22, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Over one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. In honor of Earth Day, King County Road Services wants to share with you its energy-saving efforts.
As you drive along roads in unincorporated King County expect to see new lighting. Crews are replacing 676 street lights with LED lighting. This will save the equivalent of 510,216 kWh or enough energy to power 84 homes. These savings will free up resources for the maintenance and preservation of other key infrastructure as well as help the county meet its environmental goals. The new lighting is also expected to boost visibility.
Last week crews replaced lights in the Fairwood community and this week they’re in the Enumclaw area. Here’s a list of areas that will receive new LED lighting:
Renton area – Cascade-Fairwood communities
Vashon Island – Vashon Center and Vashon Heights/Ferry Terminal Parking
East County – Preston, North Bend and Issaquah (south) areas
North County – Kenmore area
NE County – Cottage Lake/Bridle Trails, Bear Creek, Redmond Ridge, Trilogy and Duvall areas
South County – Star Lake/Auburn, Green Valley, Berrydale/Black Diamond and Krain areas
SE County – Maple Valley/Lake McDonald areas
The King County Council allocated $445,000 to the Road Services budget to pay for the light replacement program. In addition, Road Services secured a conservation grant from Puget Sound Energy amounting to $102,043. The project will be complete by the end of the year.
Road Services manages about 1,500 miles of roads and 181 bridges in unincorporated King County. Click here to learn more about Road Services projects, programs and services.