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Posted: 2:47 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
West Charlotte neighbors told Eyewitness News walking down a dark stretch of 4th Street is dangerous.
All of the underpass lights are broken and busted.
Kris Kellogg travels from Wesley Heights and he's passed the burned-out lights for more than five years.
"It's a really dark, desolate stretch of the sidewalk," Kellogg said.
Kellogg said the dark conditions make it dangerous for walkers and joggers like Elizabeth Baker, especially at night.
“You kind of just worry somebody might be hiding behind the dark spaces," said Baker, who was running with her son in a stroller.
"You can see a couple of cuts in the fence where people have made their way up into the corners," Kellogg said.
There has been crime in the area.
Channel 9 reported the attempted abduction of a 3-year-old boy in 2011.
Kellogg is even more upset that the underpass on 5th Street is a total opposite scene.
"You've got a laser light show going on over there," Kellogg said. "Here, we're just asking for eight light bulbs."
After five years with no answers, Kellogg turned to Channel 9.
“Nobody really wanted to take responsibility. At the end of the day, you get nothing," he said.
Eyewitness News asked the NC Department of Transportation why the lights don't work.
Officials blamed vandalism but said they hope to have money and a contract in place this summer.
"That is interesting timing, but I think that's wonderful," Kellogg said. "I think the light bulb apparently went off."
Baker is happy she'll be able to jog with her son without looking over her shoulder.
"I've got to be safe so that he can be safe," she said.
The work will cost around $8,000.
NCDOT does not have a timeline in place.
According to officials, the multi-colored lights on 5th Street were funded by grants and designed by a private artist.
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