Roads Service are spending over £250,000 to remove illuminations from road signs and replace them with reflective signs across Ballymena and Antrim.
This is part of an ongoing programme of de-illumination of signs by Roads Service throughout Northern Ireland that will aim to reduce maintenance and energy costs long term.
A DRD spokesperson told the Times: “Roads Service is currently investing £260,000 in the Antrim and Ballymena areas to remove illumination from all existing bollards and signs.
“All the poles housing cables will be replaced and where necessary signs will be replaced with new signs that have greater reflectivity. All bollards will be replaced with new reflective bollards.”
This work also contributes towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as set out in the ‘Programme for Government 2011-2015’ and the target of making the government estate carbon neutral by 2015.
Removal of illumination has been made possible by advances in sign and bollard design with more reflective materials now available.
All existing bollards and signs will be replaced, with a few exceptions where headlights may not pick up signs e.g., No Entry signs at a side road in an urban area lit by street lights.