DRBA Electricians Modernizing Delaware Memorial Bridge Lighting
New High Efficiency LED Fixtures Provide Better Visibility; Cost Savings

(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that all high pressure sodium roadway lights on the Delaware Memorial Bridge are being replaced with new high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. The Delaware Memorial Bridge twin span has 210 light fixtures and the cost of the project is approximately $210,000. The installation process started the second week of March 2017 and expected to be completed by the end of June 2017.

“These new LED fixtures operate more efficiently and have a longer life span compared to the traditional high pressure sodium lights,” said Joseph Gibbons, Director of Maintenance for the DRBA. “We expect to reduce our energy consumption by nearly 40%. Coupled with the associated maintenance savings, the Authority is expected to save more than $330,000 during the ten year lifespan of the new LED fixtures.”

The DRBA electricians are installing Holophane MGLED Mongoose 7 fixtures. The New Jersey-bound span is nearly completed. The Delaware – bound span is about 50% done. Gibbons noted that the modernization project will also reduce the Delaware Memorial Bridge’s carbon footprint as less energy will be needed to light the highway.

Gibbons credited the Authority’s electricians on their approach to the project. “Our electricians have coordinated the installation process to coincide with lane closures associated with the cable dehumidification project to reduce the impact on our customers,” he said. “The quality of work is second to none. Our customers will surely notice an increase level of visibility with the new LED system.”

In mid-March 2017, the electricians began the project with six new light fixtures on the Delaware bound span as a test area. The four DRBA electricians are Jack Jaeger, Bill Maxwell, Ryan Dolbow and James Leonard. In addition, the Roadway crew has provided traffic management assistance while the electricians completed the installation work.

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.

DMB_hp_sodium.jpg: DRBA electricians, Ryan Dolbow (left) and Bill Maxwell, remove an old high pressure sodium light fixture on the New Jersey bound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

DMB_mongoose.jpg: DRBA electricians, Ryan Dolbow (left) and Bill Maxwell, put the finishing touches on a newly installed high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) fixture. The Holophane MGLED Mongoose 7 fixtures will be installed on all 210 light posts by the end of June 2017.

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