NEW ALBANY/LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- As soon as the sun goes down in Kentuckiana, drivers say darkness swallows the Sherman Minton Bridge.
“You can't see as well. You got your headlights, but it's not the same as having street light of course,” concerned driver Angelina Peters said.
A deadly crash on the bridge Thursday is shedding some light on a problem Daniel Harris said he has been concerned about for quite a while. Harris said he has called the Indiana Department of Transportation several times this year about lack of lighting on the upper deck of the bridge.
Harris said he believes the wiring should have been fixed when the bridge was shut down for six months after a crack was found last September.
A spokesperson with INDOT said those repairs were done on an emergency basis and the goal was to get them done quickly to end months of inconvenience for drivers. INDOT also said there wasn’t time to fix the faulty wiring, and as of now, there isn't a plan to get them back on any time soon.
Drivers we talked to said the lack of repairs is a scary thought.
“It's been pretty dark. I’ve noticed there have been quite a few accidents on the bridge which shouldn’t happen,” Peters said.
“You do see vehicles broken down without lights sometime, that's very hazardous situation for such a large span of bridge, to have vehicles broken down with no light,” Harris said.
Officials with INDOT said the Sherman Minton Bridge does undergo regular maintenance. INDOT also said they are looking at alternative options to speeding up the repair of the lights but nothing is scheduled to be done at this time.