Department of Transportation

WASILLA — The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner John MacKinnon announced Wednesday that the DOT has halted the proposed lights out on 34 miles of the Glenn Highway between 1 and 4 a.m. to collect more data.

In a press release issued by MacKinnon’s office, the department will not add the state’s most traveled highway to its electricity cost savings program that began implementation early in 2019. The lights went off on four miles of the Sterling Highway first, implementing the cost saving measure in March. The DOTPF then added five miles of Minnesota Drive and 3.8 miles of C Street in Anchorage in July. In the press release, the DOTPF states that half of the DOTPF budget for lighting is used lighting streets between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., while less than five percent of the traffic accounted for. The DOTPF press release states that more data must be gathered on the other three highways that turn the lights out before a decision can be made on whether to put the Glenn Highway in the dark as well.

The DOTPF press release also states that they are implementing LED lighting by utilizing Federal grant opportunities.

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