Schréder Sheds Light in the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, New York City
Schréder Lighting LLC partners with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Bridges and Tunnels (MTABT) to supply LED lighting fixtures to light the revitalized Queens-Midtown Tunnel in New York, NY. Following damage incurred from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, lighting installed in the newly repaired tunnel will reduce city energy consumption, reduce CO2 emissions, and assure safe passage through the tunnel for all users.
Originally opened in 1940, the Queens-Midtown tunnel is possibly one of the best-known and recognizable highway tunnels in all of North America. Connecting the Borough of Queens to the Borough of Manhattan, the 4-lane, 6,400’+ tunnel accommodates an estimated 88,000 vehicles per day. In October 2012, floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy damaged the tunnel’s architectural, mechanical and electrical components. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding is being used to repair the tunnel and protect it against a 500-year flood event.
Because of their low profile, compact design, diffused lenses, power line control capabilities (featuring two way communications) and custom-mounting, both OMNIstar (above, left) and LEDNova (above, right) LED tunnel fixtures from Schréder were selected as optimal solutions for the project. The energy efficient, high powered OMNIstar will illuminate the tunnel’s threshold zones to provide required high luminance requirements specified for the tunnel entrance. LEDNova will illuminate the interior sections of the tunnel. These products provide ideal uniformity and minimal glare. At the same time they also protect the light source from highly corrosive and humid tunnel environmental conditions.
Moreover, these fixtures integrate with NYX Hemera Technologies’ Tunnel Lighting Addressable Control System (TLACS). The TLACS system dynamically controls luminance at the tunnel portal according to outside light levels outside, and luminaire degradation inside. For tunnel operators, this specialized control over all 2000+ luminaires also delivers reduced energy consumption and operational cost savings.
“We are thrilled about being chosen as the illumination partner for such a landmark project” offers David Cohen, General Manager for Schréder Lighting LLC. “The magnitude of what happened to the tunnel in 2012 cannot be understated and to think that the Schréder lighting solution can help safeguard the tunnel against future potential disasters is incredible. It’s more than lighting. It’s all about being part of an integrated infrastructure ecosystem designed to enhance lives through safety and security for many years to come”.
The Queens-Midtown tunnel repair and upgrade project has already started. Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2018.
About the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a public benefit corporation in the state of New York. Serving 12 counties, the Authority’s system carries over 11 million passengers and 800,000 vehicles per weekday. For more information: www.mta.info.
About NYX Hemera
NYX Hemera Technologies uses cutting-edge technologies in its Tunnel Lighting Addressable Control System (TLACS) to intelligently control luminaires in road tunnels. NYX Hemera Technologies markets the TLACS worldwide for tunnel refurbishing projects as well as new tunnels. The solution is already installed in tunnels in Singapore, Spain, Qatar, Peru, USA and Canada with LED and HPS lighting systems. For more information, visit: www.nyx-hemera.com.
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