• Thousands of streetlights out in metro Atlanta


    ATLANTA, Ga. - City of Atlanta officials say 40 percent of 8,000 total streetlights on Atlanta’s interstates are out.

    Channel 2 Action News investigated what's being done to fix the problem. Officials say they have a plan to make the highway safer in just weeks.

    Monday morning, Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach found lights out on the Downtown Connector and not one single light on all of the Buford Highway Connector.

    The city of Atlanta is reponsible for street lights on the freeways in the city limits, but budget cuts starting in 2008 meant no money to keep the lights on and working.

    Gehlbach spoke to the Atlanta Public Works Commissioner about this problem and he says the fix is already under way.

    Crews have turned lights on I-75/85 back on from downtown to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. In the next 30 days, crews will start work in midtown on I-85 and on the Buford Highway Connector.

    There is also more than one and a half million more proposed in the next budget that will get the lights on I-75 back on by the end of the year.

    Gehlbach talked to the city's public works commissioner about the problem and how the city plans to keep the lights on once they're fixed. More details on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

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