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New LED Pilot Program Lights the Way on Snoqualmie Pass

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YAKIMA, WA. -- A brand new feature built into the road along Snoqualmie Pass will help you drive more safely this winter. 


If you drive over Snoqualmie Pass at night this winter, you could notice one big change and it has nothing to do with the construction. It has to do with light built into the roadway. 


Washington State Department of Transportation has installed 4,600 new solar powered LED lights that look like this when activated at night. The plan is to light the roadway this winter when Snoqualmie Pass sees hundreds of inches of snow.


DOT hopes the new lights will help make the roadway more clear and safer for drivers. 


"Well with Snoqualmie Pass, we have a real problem with visibility," Meagan Lott, spokesperson for Washington State Department of Transportation said. "Especially in the winter time and when it's at night and it's raining. So we're hoping that these LEDs will allow for better visibility and we're hoping that we'll see about a 20 percent reduction in collisions."


The lights were installed with a $180,000 grant from the federal government.  


The department of transportation will test out this pilot program for the next 3 years to determine if the LED lights are effective. If they are, they could be installed throughout the rest of Snoqualmie Pass.


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