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Old 09-18-2015, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Cities are on the hook for replacing the highway lights.

I agree they should be fixed but since they mostly benefits non-residents I am fine with those being low-priority on the budget. Too many of my taxes already go to subsidize non-residents as it is.

The real solution is moving responsibility to GDOT.
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Cant Agree with thats... These lights benifit All who drive on the Roads for Safety reasons..

I don't agree either. I don't care if they were stolen and figure out what the thieves are going to do with them. All that being said, replace them period. A bulb can't cost that much and even if it does, replace it.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think about this every single morning before sunrise as I'm driving in to work. It's absolutely ridiculous how many lights aren't working in the city... .
Exactly!

People have to realize that it's not just about them. I'm not legally blind, but I can tell you one thing, life is going to go way easier for all of us I have some light.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Douglasville, GA
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I have actually asked officials with the city of Douglasville why the 3 D'ville exits are totally dark despite the high traffic that uses them. We actually had a fatal wreck on the 92 exit (37) and this brought up the question of lights at least at the interchanges. The response I got was that not enough people were asking for them. That's it. Nevermind safety, we just don't feel like our residents want them. As a resident, I say we need them. We have a major mall and retail district at 2 of the exits and they are dark as can be. I can understand the lights not being installed on the freeway between the exits themselves, I-20 in Douglas County can seem kind of rural especially past Hwy 5.
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Cities are on the hook for replacing the highway lights.

I agree they should be fixed but since they mostly benefits non-residents I am fine with those being low-priority on the budget. Too many of my taxes already go to subsidize non-residents as it is.

The real solution is moving responsibility to GDOT.
This. I was surprised to hear that highway light maintenance is the responsibility of the cities. Keeping state highways lit, which include all Georgia interstates, should be GADOT's responsibility.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:35 PM
 
Location: In your feelings
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This. I was surprised to hear that highway light maintenance is the responsibility of the cities. Keeping state highways lit, which include all Georgia interstates, should be GADOT's responsibility.
That's the heart of the matter—highway lighting falls on the cities because they've chosen to pick up GDOT's slack.
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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My Atlanta neighborhood just got all new street lights. Bright white ones, not the old ugly orange lights.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Northlake
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What's funny is when I first moved to the metro area (summer 2010) I posted a thread about why was Interstate 285 so dark at night ( No Lights on I-285 ). Being new the area residing outside the Smyrna city limits, I had no idea the lights on the interstates were dark until driving from East Pointe one night. I could barely see as is at night and with the lights being off made it even more difficult. You had some ppl respond supporting the lights being off, but one comment that stood out was PKCorey stating that "it's kinda the norm around here." Now that I've been here over 5 years it's like I didn't pay the lighting much attention until reading this thread. It really became the norm for me also lol. So that goes to show that some parts of the metro area been dealing with no lights for over 5 years. I don't know which county is worst, but I do know 285 in Dekalb gets pretty dark at night.

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Old 09-20-2015, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Historic West End
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Why does it Seem like Metro Atlanta has some of worse Freeway Lighting in the Country. It's a given that a majority of the Freeway Lights that are erected are within 285 the Perimeter Hwy on I-20, I-75 and I-85 but the bad part is a MAJORITY of those lights don't Work, they are Sparse at best and those lights have been out for Years... I have been to Tons of Major Cities and many much smaller than Atlanta but none with such bad lighting or lights that Don't work on the Highways. What's going on here, What is the issue, Who is Responsible for the Up keep??? Is this from the City Level, State Level or the Power Company.. Idk but I think it should be Addressed, very unsafe for such poor lighting on Urban Area Freeways.. I have heard excuses of Stolen Copper in the past but stolen Copper doesn't Take that long to replace.. What's the real issue here
Also who drives 50 mph I-20 and 55mph on 75/85 south anymore. This is not 1960.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:38 PM
 
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I rented an apartment off Pleasant Hill Road in 2000 and was always happy with how lit up I-85 was. Then I moved to Buckhead in 2001 and never took that stretch of I-85 at night anymore.

In 2009, I bought a house in Duluth. I was horrified to see that the lights, which I knew were capable of shining bright on I-85, had been turned off.

So I wrote to the AJC about it. And they published an article on it: Rick Badie's Gwinnett: Shining a light on safety | www.ajc.com

I don't want to say I'm personally responsible for getting the lights turned back on, but a nice letter to the media with proof points from scientific studies showing correlations between illumination and accidents couldn't have hurt.

The lights have been shining ever since.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I don't agree either. I don't care if they were stolen and figure out what the thieves are going to do with them. All that being said, replace them period. A bulb can't cost that much and even if it does, replace it.
I think that if the lights' wires were to be replaced, might as well pay to replace the heads with LEDs.
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