BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham, ALDOT, and Alabama Power, are teaming up to make your commute safer. On Monday, the city announced plans to improve interstate lighting.
The project is taking place on I-59/20. The goal is to restore the lights all along the stretch of interstate near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The million-dollar project should be near completion at the end of this year or the start of 2020.
There's also work happening west towards Ensley.
Lighting the city’s interstates is an issue WBRC been following for years and this is a major update to the work happening. The lights that are being installed are upgraded to LED and coming equipped with new anti-vandalism technology to ensure the lighting system is built to last.
Councilman Darrell O'Quinn said that's been a major part of the problem and glad it's being addressed.
"In the case of the interstate lighting what was happening, thieves were actually stealing the copper wiring and that was an even more difficult area to address because you can't just go out and change a light bulb. So, we are putting in measures to prevent that from happening."
Lighting is also being addressed on 280 and I-65 between Green Springs and University Boulevard.