Lights out on I-70 leaves one driver frustrated

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Miles on interstate don’t have overhead lights for miles and one driver is frustrated. The problems start on I-70 at exits Adams Street all the way down to Rice Road.

“There’s safety issues with regards to if a person has to pull over,” Topekan, Larry Warner said. “It’s total darkness in that area.”

Warner said he drives on I-70 often. He says it’s concerning for him and others driving in the area at night since not having lights could mean more accidents.

“There could be several danger factors going on in that area,” Warner said. “Not only do you have that curb coming off of Adams St, but after that it’s total darkness. You also have another lane in that area that you don’t normally have on I-70 for the California exit.”

Warner said he called the state back in September to report the problem, but nothing has been done. So he reached out to KSNT News for answers. KSNT News reached out to KDOT Tuesday and again on Friday. KSNT News found out the state’s having trouble getting answers from the contractor that’s supposed to fix the lights.

“Being an electrician by trade, if I took that long to do a job would you hire me at your house,” Warner asked. “So, I mean, that’s kind of my concern that KDOT is taking this long to have it done.”

The state says many lights in Topeka are old. Outages are caused by everything from lightning strikes to stolen copper wire.

The Department of Transportation said they had been waiting on a call back for days to get someone out to take care of the issue.

KSNT News reached out to the contractor about fixing the problems, but they hung up. KSNT News will continue to follow-up with KDOT and see when lights will get turned back on.

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