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Metropistas invests $2.8M in LED lighting for highways

With an investment of With an investment of more than $2.8 million, metropistas, the company in charge of the operation and maintenance of the PR-22 and PR-5 highways, has replaced the lighting system of both roads with new LED technology, the company announced Wednesday.

The new lighting replaced the conventional high-pressure sodium, fluorescent and metal halide conventional lighting technology, executives added.

“With this lighting project already completed, the goal is to increase the visibility of drivers and provide them with greater reliability and safety when traveling on the road,” said Xavier Serra, director of operations, metropistas.

“In addition, they achieve greater energy efficiency as these lights consume between 60 percent and 70 percent less than conventional technologies, offering longer life of the system,” he said.

To carry out the investment program, metropistas worked with regional contractor Aireko, which through its construction group evaluated the alternatives of luminaires and executed the replacement of 2,672 lights.

“For Aireko this is an emblematic project that brought together our capacity to execute projects, achieving a total solution for our client metropistas,” said Francisco J. Uriarte, partner and president of Aireko capital group.

“With this project we promote economic and ecological sustainability by providing goods and services that can sustaine for a long time without depleting our resources and damaging the environment,” Uriarte added.

LED technology consists of a semiconductor material that is capable of emitting an electromagnetic radiation in the form of light. By consuming less energy it translates into an aid to the environment since it causes less use of fuel and its components are recyclable.

“We’re not only complying with the investment program required by contract that includes improvements to pavements, bridges, lighting systems, signage, safety fences and others, but we continue with the commitment to obtain customer satisfaction by providing greater road safety at the same time we’re protecting the environment,” Serra added.

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