LED stoplights may save city $1 million a year...

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 14, 2006

LED stoplights may save city $1 million a year

Baltimore's City Hall is giving the green light to a new breed of traffic signals that officials said yesterday will save taxpayers nearly $1 million a year once they are installed at the city's 1,300 lighted intersections.

Baltimore will spend $6.5 million to replace the city's incandescent traffic signals with LED - or light emitting diode - signals, which last up to 10 times longer, require less maintenance, use less electricity and are brighter. The new signals are now in place at about 500 intersections, officials said.

"Instead of going out and replacing a bulb - because we have to replace a bulb about once a year - the entire module has a five-year life," said Alfred H. Foxx, the city's transportation director. "So it cuts down on labor, it cuts down on operational costs of doing our day-to-day work,"

The signals, which will be installed by Indiana-based Energy Systems Group, use a cluster of small, bright LED lights in place of a conventional bulb. The new technology will also replace the city's crosswalk signals. Officials expect the new lights to be installed by early next year.

Department of Public Works Director George L. Winfield said the lights will save 7.9 million kilowatt-hours a year and are part of a larger effort by the city to improve efficiency.

John Fritze

Baltimore: Archdiocese

Injured Keeler resting at home

Cardinal William H. Keeler is recovering in Baltimore but has not returned to official duties yet, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said yesterday.

Keeler was injured while on vacation in Italy last weekend in a car accident that killed Father Bernard Quinn and injured Monsignor Thomas H. Smith, both good friends and priests with the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Spokesman Sean Caine declined requests to interview the cardinal, saying he needed to rest in preparation for events surrounding the opening of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of Mary next month.

Education

School for the Arts to hold family day

The Baltimore School for the Arts will hold an Artreach Family Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 712 Cathedral St. Families are invited to make drums, dance to African beats, play instruments or stage puppet shows, as professional artists and teachers at the school lead workshops, demonstrations and information performance showcases. The event is free.

Fells Point

Art exhibit focus is on the homeless

Homeless and formerly homeless artists will open an exhibit today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Maritime Park Museum, 1417 Thames St., Fells Point. The exhibit is part of the state's Countdown Homelessness campaign, which is focused on ending homelessness in Maryland within 10 years. The event is free and open to the public, followed by a 4:30 p.m. reception for invited guests. More information: 410-837-5533.

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