Lights out on the A6
(CS) As announced by Luxembourg's roads and bridges administration last week, work began on Monday to take down around 600 motorway lights, starting with the A6 between the Belgian border and Strassen.
The dismantling of motorway lighting along the A6, with parts of the A13 to follow at a later date, comes as a cost-cutting measure.
While the lights will be switched off along several stretches of motorway in the Grand Duchy between midnight and 6am in the future, the government also decided to remove some lights completely.
With many lamps in need of repair, leaving them would cause a safety hazard, while replacement would need significant investment, the Infrastructure Ministry argued. The A6 between the Belgian border and Strassen, as well as the A13 between Schifflange and Bettembourg will therefore soon be plunged into darkness.
The A6 and A13 were chosen, as they have the most dated lamps, with some first installed in the 1980s, leaving them long past their expiration date.
Turning off the lights is expected to save 750,000 euros.
The first lamps were removed on Monday, with electricity cables left in place, however, should new high-mast lighting be installed again at some point in the future.
Works were deliberately scheduled for the Easter holiday of Luxembourg schools, with reduced traffic during this time. Additionally, workers are on site with three lorries to ensure speedy progress, as well as disrupting traffic only in one direction at a time.
During rush-hour the motorway will be cleared completely for traffic to resume on all lanes.
The masts meanwhile will be recycled.
Luxembourg automobile club ACL, however, still hopes for a reversal of the decision, warning that the measure could create “dangerous situations” in traffic.
The ACL has called for new lamps to be installed in place of the ones taken down.
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