Major Las Cruces Signals Get Backup Power

Apr 8, 2013

Battery backup units have been installed at 23 key traffic signals in Las Cruces, providing an alternate power source to keep the lights on during outages.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the southern New Mexico city also is installing emergency pre-emption systems at 10 additional intersections in the city.

Those systems allow fire trucks to hold a green light signal while responding to fires or other emergencies.

The $218,000 to pay for the improvements came from a city traffic fund that gets its money from collections on citations generated by red-light enforcement cameras.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.