Vancouver Island upgrading its highways and roadways to LED lighting
By Anthony Capkun
September 10, 2020 – Vancouver Island will be the first region in British Columbia to upgrade lighting infrastructure along provincial highways and roadways to LEDs.
“Moving to LED lighting on our provincial highways and roads will use less energy, reduce maintenance costs and—most importantly—help drivers to see better, especially at night,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure.
Once the province completes the LED upgrades to the remaining 24,000 lighting fixtures, provincial energy costs are expected to be reduced by more than $2 million each year.
The ministry is already incorporating LED infrastructure into new projects. The replacement of lighting along provincial highways and roadways with LED fixtures is part of its new electrical maintenance standards, which include:
• Replacing all non-LED lighting with the LED.
• Increased routine maintenance to address increased electrical inventory types.
• Streamlined processes for administering non-routine work and new installations.
The ministry awards contracts to private companies to maintain electrical infrastructure along roughly 47,000 km of provincial highways and roadways. Each contractor is responsible for repairs and maintenance of overhead/streetlights, traffic and pedestrian signals, and tunnel and snowshed lighting, as well as electronic signs and web cameras.
Raylec Power LP assumed responsibility for electrical maintenance under the new standards on Vancouver Island as of September 1, 2020. The electrical maintenance contract will be effective until August 31, 2025, with an option for a 5-year extension.
All four regions will assume the new electrical maintenance standards by 2022 through a staggered, open-bidding process.