I'm reminded lately by news stories and by e-mail from readers that major highways around Raleigh -- including I-40, the Beltline, the 540 Outer Loop -- are disturbingly dark at night.
If you could rank cities by an index of streetlights per freeway mile, I bet you'd find Raleigh down near the dark bottom of the list.
And some of our Triangle neighbors, too. Drive I-40 from Raleigh to Chapel Hill at night, and you'll find only two islands of illumination around the interchanges at Fayetteville Road and N.C. 55.
It will be interesting to find out whether the absence of street lights on the Beltline contributed to the death Nov. 27 of Lee Eames, who fell from the bridge over Crabtree Creek after he stopped to help victims of an accident.
Good lights -- like those installed on I-85 in Durham when it was rebuilt a couple of years ago -- might have made it easier for oncoming drivers to see the wrecked cars, and to avoid swerving in Eames' direction. ... [MORE]