ROBERTSDALE — Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy is pleased to announce that the City has been awarded a $100,000 grant to replace 120 street lights, located along Highway 59 from Central Baldwin Middle School to County Road 48, with new LED energy-efficient light fixtures. For one of the existing incandescent fixtures, the annual cost of power is approximately $120.90 and estimated bulb life is an average of 22,000 hours. For one of the new LED fixtures, the annual cost of power is approximately $39.00 and estimated bulb life is 50,000 hours. The new lights will utilize less power, thus reducing energy costs and will also require less maintenance and repair.
Highway 59 is the major thoroughfare for Baldwin County residents and visitors traveling to the beaches. The existing incandescent street lights, located within the City limits, give off poor lighting. The LED lights will cast out a brighter light providing better visibility for motorists along this highly trafficked road. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.