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Powergroove Ramp Lights

Spotted these over one of the on ramps to the Gardiner Expressway. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure these no longer work at night but it's still pretty neat to see the original ramp lighting still intact and with some I think 6' PG lamps still intact. They probably date back to when the Gardiner opened, back in the mid 60s. As far as I know, these are the last PG underpass lights left in Toronto. There was a another set over one of the Allen Expressway ramps but they were replaced with HPS wallpacks in 2013 (I'm surprised they even forgot about them for so long).

Not really sure who mide the fixture, the white painted ends on the cover seem to look like GE's outdoor fluorescent fixtures but then again it might be another Powerlite model.

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Album name:joe_347V / Toronto Area Streetlights
Company and Date Manufactured:Unknown, mid 1960s
Wattage:2x 160w
Lamp Type:F72PG17/CW
Filesize:501 KiB
Date added:Aug 16, 2016
Dimensions:3000 x 1687 pixels
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streetlight98   [Aug 16, 2016 at 09:52 PM]
Nice! So there's currently no ramp lighting at all? (aside from these of course)

joe_347V   [Aug 17, 2016 at 04:19 AM]
Yeah, the only lighting on this ramp are the HPS cobras closer to the end of the ramp. You can sorta see the bridge mounted arm for that cobra at the right.

Model25FanForever   [Aug 18, 2016 at 03:39 PM]
Oh yeah ive seen those Razz , I think they just forgot about them. You wouldnt really see them anyways.

joe_347V   [Aug 20, 2016 at 04:37 AM]
Yeah, I've been under the Gardiner countless times and I only recently noticed these were still there.

streetlight98   [Aug 20, 2016 at 02:07 PM]
I wish our bridges here looked this good at this age. Our bridges from the 60s are falling apart and in various states of disrepair. Rolling Eyes

vaporeyes   [Aug 21, 2016 at 12:57 AM]
Cool find! There's one of the original VHO fixtures left under the doomed Alaskan Way viaduct in Seattle. I don't know if it has Powergroove lamps in it though. Amazing that so many of the ones on the ramp you photo'd are still intact.

joe_347V   [Aug 22, 2016 at 07:40 AM]
Yeah the other VHO lights underneath the Gardiner all got removed (you can see what remains of the mounting brackets in the pic) and replaced with 400w MH wallpacks. I guess the height at which they're mounted also mean less chance of them getting vandalized.

@Mike, I believe the city spends quite a bit of money annually to maintain the Gardiner after there were incidents of falling concrete a few years ago. Although overall I find the older bridges here are still in fairly good condition.

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