Lighting upgrades complete for I-10 Deck Park Tunnel in Phoenix

Jun 16, 2021, 4:25 AM
(Arizona Department of Transportation photo)...
(Arizona Department of Transportation photo)
(Arizona Department of Transportation photo)

PHOENIX — A project to install new LED lights in the Interstate 10 Deck Park Tunnel north of downtown Phoenix is complete, giving the tunnel a different look while reducing energy and saving money.

The $1.4 million project installed more than 1,500 white LED lights inside the tunnel that extends approximately three-quarters of a mile between Third Street and Third Avenue, the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a press release Tuesday.

The LED lights replace the old yellow-toned high-pressure sodium lighting fixtures that dated back to when the tunnel opened in 1990.

Along with improved lighting, the LED lights will also reduce energy consumption by more than 60% and produce more than $175,000 in annual energy savings, according to the release.

Crews also won’t have to replace the lights as often as LED lights last longer than the previous bulbs.

The previous system of transitioning light levels during various hours of the day will continue with the LED bulbs, according to the release.

The project, paid for with available ADOT maintenance funds, started in January and was completed in waves, finishing up on Saturday morning.

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Lighting upgrades complete for I-10 Deck Park Tunnel in Phoenix