DPWH-TCDEO begins city wide installation of road solar studs

DPWH-TCDEO lights up Tacloban City's major thoroughfare with the newly installed road solar studs. Photos: Picas San Jose DZR Airport Road (left), Tacloban Baybay South Road (top right) and Daang Maharlika Road (bottom right).

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City District Engineering Office (TCDEO) – lights up the city’s major thoroughfare with the newly installed road solar studs.

The lighting project includes the installation of pavement leveled solar stud for about 15.736 km of road and has a total allocated budget of Php 74.8-million funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2021.

 Road solar studs are the more modern version of the traditional cat’s eye reflectors that use retroreflective materials that rely on a headlight beam for illumination. Unlike the traditional cat’s eye reflectors, road solar studs use LED as a light source that emits brighter light without relying on a vehicle’s headlight beam. It is also energy-efficient as it sources its power through a solar panel that collects energy from the sun in daylight allowing the road solar stud to function and brighten the road for the entire night.

At 90% accomplishment, DPWH-TCDEO was able to install road solar studs along Picas San Jose DZR Airport, San Jose-Manlurip-MacArthur Park Road, Tacloban Baybay South Road, Apitong-Paterno Road and Daang Maharlika Road.

As per ADE Yuse, the main purpose for these road solar studs is to help and guide motorists to easily identify boundaries between lanes especially at night, along dark roads, and during severe weather conditions thus preventing and reducing cases of road accidents.

The initiative behind this project is anchored towards DPWH’s strategic objective to further improve our national roads by adapting to more modern and the latest appropriate technology. (DPWH-TCDEO/PRESS RELEASE)
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