The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge’s lights are now whiter, brighter and greener.
The MTA announced on Earth Day, April 22, that all the lightbulbs on all of the bridge’s 182 main cables have been replaced with LED lights. Unlike the original mercury-vapor bulbs, the LEDs will reduce electricity costs by 73 percent and last up to five years longer.
This nearly two-year project is a result of collaborating with the New York Power Authority and Staten Island’s Meco Electric Company Inc., to move toward a progressive method of resourcefulness. Changing the lights essentially reduces the carbon emissions entering into the atmosphere, while also giving the East River the same strong and steady glow.
“The necklace lights of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge can be seen for miles around, and they are a scenic feature for the people who live nearby. It is important to them, and to us, that we maintain this decades-old tradition but do it efficiently,” said Chris Saladino, one of the project’s engineers.