City leaders to address lights out near Highland Avenue overpass

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — At least seven drivers around the Birmingham metro area have been victimized by what they believe are attacks from overpasses.

At least three of these incidents have occurred at the Highland Avenue overpass on the Red Mountain Expressway.

If you drive down the highway at night, you’ll see traffic lights, but no actual light.

Birmingham city councilor Kim Rafferty, who chairs the Transportation and Communication Committee, says many of these lights have aged out of their functionality.

“I have talked to Mr. [Greg] Dawkins, head of traffic and engineering, a number of times about this,” she said Wednesday following the Committee of the Whole meeting. “They’re actually going to have to replace all of the lighting.”

Councilor Rafferty also said she plans to invite Dawkins to her committee meeting next week, and ask for an update on how many of the light will need to be replaced and a potential timetable.

She added there have been casual conversations about putting fences up around some of the overpasses that have pedestrian accessibility to try to discourage any debris or trash from being thrown onto the cars below.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42


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