Shining some light on roads’ darkness
Chuck Rodgers of Overland Park and Kelly Church of Roeland Park both have questions about streetlights.
Rodgers says there is a lack of streetlights on Metcalf Avenue from about three blocks north of Johnson Drive to Interstate 35 and asks if it’s possible to get lights there.
Church notes that a cluster of highway lights have gone dark over the Interstate 35 and 635 interchange. “What’s up with that?” The answer
The answers come from Burt Morey, an engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation, and Brian Shields, Overland Park traffic engineer.
This northernmost portion of Metcalf is controlled by KDOT, not Overland Park. That’s where Metcalf changes from a street with driveways, businesses and cross streets to more of an open roadway leading to the freeways. KDOT typically installs lighting only at major interchanges, and that usually consists of large towers, not the smaller lights seen along city streets.
As for the dark lights at the interchange, KDOT is replacing them because of cracking in the metal. They didn’t just go dark; they were gone.
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