Brief: New LED lights for Trans-Canada Highway snowsheds

New LED lights replacement project in Trans-Canada Highway snowsheds east of Revelstoke is complete.

File photo: A video grab of a huge avalanche triggered east of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada Highway at the Lanark snowshed on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Photo: Transportation BC.

The provincial government has announced it has added new lighting to avalanche snowshed tunnels on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke.

The old halogen lights were replaced with a new LED lighting system that measures the ambient lighting outside and matches it with appropriate lighting inside the tunnels. The idea is to improve visibility while decreasing distractions.

The project also saw 18 new light poles installed at the approaches to the snowsheds, which include the Jack McDonald, Twin and Lanark snowsheds.

A total of 576 new lights were installed. The government said the project cost $7.15 million.