Bahrain Works Ministry commences phase 2 of the led traffic signals project
Acting Roads Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning Eng. Kadhim Abdul Latif revealed that the Ministry is to commence phase 2 of the LED Traffic Signals Project in November, which will replace the old lights of 115 interchanges and pedestrian signals with the LED lights at the cost of BHD513,330.
Abdul Latif explained that “The Ministry is constantly working to keep pace with the latest technologies in the field of traffic engineering and the modern methods aiming to increase traffic safety on the roads network in Bahrain.”
“Taking into account the importance of traffic signals in organizing traffic along interchanges and helping drivers see traffic signals clearly and therefore make the right decision as to halt or proceed, the Ministry has tried a new and state-of-the-art traffic signal lights in order to determine their suitability to climate changes such as humidity, heat and dust, compare their life span and maintenance requirements with the old lights and test their competency when installed in traffic signals,” he added.
Abdul Latif explained that the new type of lights; known as Light Emitting Diode (LED) have proved very successful and efficient in advanced countries that previously used such lights. The LED lights are known for their clarity, high quality and suitability to the Kingdom’s climate changes whether in residential or open areas. Also, the Led lights operate for longer times without the need for replacement and are also economical and save power; with ¼ the consumption of the old traditional lights.
Phase 1 of the project was completed in October 2014; costing BHD479,820, and comprised of replacing lights in 136 traffic signals. The total number of traffic signals in Bahrain now is 325 signals; covering all roads in the country. Previously, there were 74 LED traffic signals.