See, Click, Fix: Lights Out Along I-85


We had a foggy start to the day today.  In fact, it's been foggy several mornings recently, making it a challenge to see clearly as you drive in the area.

And being able to see clearly is even more of a challenge if you're driving along a particular section of I-85.

Going from a lighted highway to no lights at all, especially in a foggy darkness, is a lot like the difference between night and day.

Drivers traveling along I-85 between I-485 and the Sugar Creek Road exit in Charlotte told See, Click, Fix there's a problem along that section:  street lamps aren't working.

I went to check it out and sure enough, at least a couple of dozen street lamps are out.  These are the lamps built into the I-85 median barriers.

So I checked with the NC Department of Transportation and a spokesperson told me engineers are aware of the problem and they're doing something about it.

The lack of lighting along I-85 is being See, Click, FIXED.  But a little patience is in order here.  The project is in its initial stages and engineers hope to have it completed by the end of June.

There's another question here as well: why are so many lights out to begin with?

That answer is a bit more complex as there are many factors why lights may go out.

And crews usually don't go out and replace lights on an individual basis, simply because it's not cost effective.

It costs several thousand dollars to put in a lane closure, which you have to do to fix the lights, so the state prefers to replace several lights at a time.

I'll keep you posted on the progress of the repairs.

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