Crete kicks in to upgrade traffic signals to LEDs

2013-08-28T19:30:00Z 2013-08-29T00:00:21Z Crete kicks in to upgrade traffic signals to LEDsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 28, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CRETE | The Village Board has agreed that Crete will pay part of the cost of upgrading traffic signals and lights to a more energy-efficient bulb.

Trustees on Monday approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation that calls for Crete to pay $1,006.25 toward the cost of the upgrade of traffic signals at State Street and Steger Road.

Village President Michael Einhorn said most of that intersection is within Steger, but some of the lights fall within Crete’s jurisdiction. Municipal governments for both Crete and Steger, along with Cook County government, will pay matching costs to the $39,201.75 the state Department of Transportation will pay.

Einhorn said the expense was minimal for Crete.

Traffic signals at the intersection will have light-emitting diode (LED) modules installed in place of the incandescent bulbs currently used.

Einhorn said the project is part of an effort by the state to shift to the LED lighting that uses less electricity and, theoretically, requires less maintenance.

Village officials also were told a battery back-up is included in the program to ensure the traffic signal will operate even in instances of short-term power outages.

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