Erdman Anthony was contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
District 4, Planning and Environmental Management Office, to develop alternative
roadway lighting design standards for coastal roadways and other environmentally
sensitive areas in South Florida. This project is also known as the "turtle
lighting project" and is intended to minimize the negative impact of
roadway/street lighting on sea turtles.
Roadway lighting in coastal areas
interferes with the nesting of female turtles and is particularly disastrous for
young hatchlings. Disoriented by the lights, they move toward the roadway,
instead of moving to the sea, and are killed.
The alternative lighting
design standards emphasized the need to minimize the impact of roadway lighting
on the sea turtle population without compromising safety. Specific measures
recommended for achieving that goal included:
lowering the required illumination levels based on the adjacent land use and
functional classification of the roadways,
limiting the type and intensity (wattage) of luminaires,
specifying the light distribution characteristics of the luminaires,
reducing the mounting heights for the pole mounted luminaires
encouraging use of new technologies and products like the internally
illuminated (LED) roadway markers.
The alternative standards were finalized earlier in 2010 for adoption and use
by FDOT and others working in coastal areas.
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