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Why has NCDOT removed most of the lights underneath the large overhead direction signs?

Ken Little
StarNews

Traffic moves west along Oleander Drive at College Road. StarNews file photo.

Q. Why has NCDOT removed most of the lights underneath the large overhead direction signs?  And was a study done on older drivers (drivers over 50) and the effects this has on their reaction times?

A. Lights were removed or are not powered to save costs of maintenance and operations, N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Stewart said.

“As improvements in retro reflective materials have evolved over the years, it has allowed states to consider removing or no longer installing sign lights. North Carolina will install lights at critical locations,” Stewart said.

A related study is currently under way that should be finished in 2013.

“While the study is going on, the Federal Highway Administration has allowed states to use improved sheeting with no lights,” Stewart said.

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