GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be installing around 3,000 LED lights in the Triad.
One of our FOX8 teams drove around I-40 in Greensboro and noticed the lights there weren’t very bright and as many as eight in a row that were out.
“More light would be helpful because in this day and age we live in, safety is number one,” said James Carpenter, who lives in Greensboro.
DOT says the new LED lights will be stronger and last longer.
Installing them is part of a $30 million statewide grant to light up interstates, major roadways and DOT buildings.
Lights are already being replaced in Charlotte and a few interchanges in the Triad have been done, but most of the area won’t be seeing any new lights until next year. Work in the Triad is expected to start in spring or summer of 2018.
When complete, parts of I-85, I-40 and I-73/74, along with a few other spots, will be brighter.
“I think it will be very good,” said Country Warren, who also lives in Greensboro.
“I think it be something good for our state” Carpenter said. “Some places are not lit up at all so I think it will be great to have that next level of technology on our roadways.”
DOT also says the new lights are expected to save the state around $56 million in reduced electrical and maintenance costs over the next 15 years.
The lights installed will be on full brightness, but can later be adjusted.