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Bethanie Glover 804-835-3857; Media inquiries 804-586-4455


Aug. 26, 2020

High-efficiency, directional lighting will save energy and improve safety

SOUTH CHESTERFIELD - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is implementing an Energy Performance Contract to replace over 9,600 existing roadway lights with new, energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights throughout VDOT’s Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Richmond and Hampton Roads districts, including over 1,700 lights in the Richmond District. The installation phase in Richmond District started Monday, Aug. 24, and will continue throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. 

LED lighting is more energy efficient and cost-effective than traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) roadway lighting while minimizing environmental impacts. The upgrades will enable improved safety for drivers and crews due to enhanced visibility and fewer maintenance activities.

Work will begin at the I-64 and Glenside Drive/Broad Street interchange in Henrico County. Other locations within Richmond District are noted below, in addition to various park and ride locations, safety rest areas and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) weigh stations:

Chesterfield County

  • The Powhite Parkway (Route 76) extension toll plazas
  • Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) between I-95 and Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1)
  • Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) bridge over railroad tracks (north of Route 145)

Dinwiddie County

  • I-85 at the Boydton Plank Road (Route 1) interchange

Henrico County

  • Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) at the Willey Bridge

City of Petersburg

  • The interchange of I-95 and I-85

City of Richmond

  • The Bryan Park interchange at I-95 and I-64
  • I-95 through downtown Richmond
  • I-195
  • I-64 at the Mechanicsville Turnpike interchange

Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal during lighting installation. Occasional lane and shoulder closures will be in place in some locations. There may also be intermittent parking space closures within park and ride locations and rest areas.

The LED lighting upgrades are part of a roadway lighting modernization effort announced by VDOT and Governor Ralph Northam in December 2019. For more information about LED lighting on Virginia roadways, visit here.


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