In early April, installers from the City of Spokane began replacing outdated lights with energy-efficient, Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures in under-lit railroad underpasses between Stevens and Walnut.

In addition to energy efficiency, the new fixtures will emit a clearer white light, increasing visibility and providing a safer and more secure passage underneath the railroad viaduct.

The cost to replace the lights was just over $15,000 with contributions from BNSF Railway and the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. The energy upgrade resulted in a $7,800 rebate from Avista Utilities which reflects the energy savings the new system provides. Replaced fixtures include 100-watt HPS with 26-watt LEDs and 70-watt HPS with 18-watt LEDs, providing significant energy savings over the course of a year.