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Have you noticed the lack of lighting on the Crosstown Expressway?

Posted at 7:33 AM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 20:52:28-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you drive on the Crosstown Expressway, you may have noticed the lack of lighting along the road.

One resident was concerned on the dangers it can cause when Corpus Christi residents experienced dense fog a week ago.

But, bad weather or not, the lack of lighting along the expressway remains a safety hazard.

Truck driver Michael Pecina drives on the Crosstown every day and wonders why are all the lights off?

The Texas Department of Transportation said it are aware of the lighting issue, and they know that sporadic and wet weather affects it.

Pecina said he notices that some lights are on, some are off, and some lights are only partially lit.

"Do these lights shut off at a certain time, or are they just completely off?" he said. "That was a concern."

TxDOT says they plan to put out bids this month for a Safety Lighting and Improvement Project.

The project will replace all median lights from Weber Road to Agnes Road.

"It's bad enough that we have to deal with Mother Nature, but we shouldn't have to deal with lighting," Pecina said. "That's just human error right there, that needs to be taken care of."

TxDOT says the project will include replacing the lighting heads with new LED lights and replacing wiring, among other connections.

The current estimate cost is $300,000. TxDOT says they need to receive bids and award a contract, but work could be begin as early as April and should take 90 days to complete.