OFFICIAL U.S. MANUFACTURER OF THE SOLAR ROAD MARKER INDUSTRY
K-DOT installed lights in October 2013 in both Neosho and Allen County at two U.S. 169 road interchanges making Kansas the first state to use the self-sufficient solar powered LED pavement lights to illuminate rural interchanges and intersections.
K-DOT Project Manager Chris Pross says it helps drivers see where they’re going.
“We quickly realized they won’t be able to replace overhead Lights,” said Pross. “But they will work very, very well in situations where the rural interchanges don’t have enough traffic volume.”
The solar lights, so far, have shown they can survive extreme weather conditions.
Crews installed 600 lights along the road ways and only two have failed to work due to the harsh winter.
K-DOT reports they’ve gotten good feedback from those driving in foggy conditions, compared to standard overhead lights. The new system also has the potential of preventing accidents.
“We for-see that these are going to be extremely beneficial for people that have those issue where there’s no pavement markings to show you where to turn, these can provide that guidance,” said Pross.
Link to Kansas News on Internally Illuminated Raised Pavement Markers IIRPM's
Solar LED Pavement Markers.