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Kanawha County Asks State for Repairs to Interstate Lighting

Interstate Lighting

 The Kanawha County Commission is asking the West Virginia Department of Transportation to fix non-working lights along interstates.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper announced Tuesday that at least 135 lights are out on several stretches of state-maintained roads. Carper says he sent a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox citing safety concerns and asking about the status of plans to fix the lights.

DOT spokeswoman Carrie Jones says some of the lights, like the ones in between South Charleston and the West Virginia Turnpike, are more than 40 years old and aren’t repairable. She says $12 million in renovations projects are planned for lighting along the Charleston interstate system over the next few years.