Monday, July 9, 2012

DOT Answers: I-95 lights turned back on

DOT Answers: I-95 lights turned back on
The Providence Journal-July 8, 2012
Dana Alexander Nolfe

Q: Traveling from Richmond to the Connecticut border on I-95 every day in the dark hours, it would be nice if there were some highway lighting. Most of the highway lights are off to the on-ramps and off-ramps. I-95 does not have any of its lights on except maybe a few. Please reconsider turning our highway lights back on.

A: RIDOT has looked into your concerns regarding highway lights being off on I-95 between the Town of Richmond and the Connecticut state line.

We believe that there was a temporary outage of highway lighting on this section of road that was caused by a damaged underground conduit. A few of the lights may also have been off due to damaged light bulbs in need of replacement.

To date, the damaged conduit has been fixed, and a lighting inventory has been done in this area that indicates that these lights are also now working properly.

Dana Alexander Nolfe, chief public affairs officer for the state Department of Transportation, answers questions of general interest posed by Journal readers about state roads and other state transportation matters.

Questions are answered in the order they appear, and there may be a delay in responding.

The DOT is responsible for the state’s transportation infrastructure, which includes highways, bridges, traffic signals and bikeways.

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