Highway lights in need of expensive, long term repairs - WNEM TV 5

Highway lights in need of expensive, long term repairs

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

If you've traveled down Interstate 475 the last couple of days, you likely notice the difference between Carpenter Road and the Mt. Morris exit.

“If you drive down there when it's dark, it's dark dark, and it ain't no joke,” said resident Jim Hall.

Dark because the streetlights in that stretch didn't work. With the lights out, some residents are turning to TV5 for help.

"They've got street lights there, they ought to have them working," Hall said.

MDOT owns the lights on Interstate 475, but the Genesee County Road Commission is in charge of the upkeep.

John Daly oversees the road commission and said this blackout is more than just a bunch of burnt out bulbs.

"There are problems related to the conduit that the wires run through. Water gets into those conduits, and shorts out the wires,” Daly said.

And the plastic piping the wires run through is buried in the concrete median along I-475 and is deteriorating with its old age.

"Where it's that type of issue, where it's going to be significantly more expensive, MDOT has to authorize that," Daly said.

Daly says those talks are taking place, money of course being an issue.

In the meantime, an MDOT spokesperson said they were able to get the lights back on.

So the area is lit for now, but for how long is anybody's guess.

"If any place in Genesee Co needs lit up, it's between Carpenter Road and Mt. Morris Road," Hall said.

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