Schréder to shed light in the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, New York City
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, this 4-lane, 1.95km long 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.
Thanks to their low profile, compact design, diffused lenses, power line control capabilities (featuring two way communications) and custom-mounting, both the OMNIstar and the LEDNova 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. The LEDNova will light the interior section 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 lighting partner for such a landmark project” offers David Cohen, General Manager for Schréder in the USA. “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 and construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2018.