Streetlights that were turned off along major roadway corridors to assist with saving county tax dollars have now been turned on in preparation for the end of Daylight Savings Time. The Transportation Engineering Department of the Growth Management Division anticipates a savings of approximately $140,000 in electrical energy costs for the approximately six months when designated streetlights were turned off. During this period, there was no increase in electrical component failures after the streetlights were restored to a normal operational configuration. This is the third consecutive year for this cost reducing measure. Last year the county estimated saving $130,000 and in 2009 the county estimated a savings of $100,000. A few additional road corridors have been added to the program each year realizing an additional cost savings.
Streetlights along the major corridors listed below, with the exception of intersections and commercial driveways, were turned off for the duration of the Daylight Savings period, starting the week of May 2.
1. Immokalee Road from Collier Blvd. to 43rd Avenue – 245 of 348 streetlights turned off
2. Collier Blvd. from Immokalee Road to Golden Gate Blvd. – 84 of 119 streetlights turned off
3. Collier Blvd. from Davis Blvd. to U.S. 41 – 190 of 230 streetlights turned off
4. Vanderbilt Beach Road from Vineyards to Collier Blvd. –106 of 178 streetlights turned off
5. Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. from Polly Ave. to Collier Blvd. – 54 of 80 streetlights turned off
6. Livingston Road from Radio Road to the Lee County line – 447 of 531 streetlights turned off
7. Logan Blvd. from Immokalee Road to Vanderbilt Beach Road – 62 of 70 streetlights turned off
8. Santa Barbara Blvd. from Rattlesnake Hammock Road to Davis Blvd. – 60 of 80 streetlights turned off
As was the case in the past two years, the streetlights are restored to normal operations prior to the end of Daylight Savings Time. This year Daylight Savings Time is scheduled to end on Nov. 6 at 2 a.m.
For further information contact the Growth Management Division at 239-252-8192 or by e-mail at [email protected].