By Erica Thomas, editor
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat met with officials from the Alabama Department of Transportation on Thursday, March 28, as part of a quarterly gathering.
Choat said he and leaders from Fultondale and Hoover addressed the issue of interstate lighting. Choat was there on behalf of the Mayor’s Association. They wanted to find out what municipalities need to do to replace bulbs and repair poles on the interstate.
“We don’t mind fixing them but most of the ones in Trussville happen to be state-run lights,” Choat said. “Some of those have been out for months and they all have state stickers on them but we didn’t know where all of this was going to fall.”
ALDOT told the group it would compile a mapped list of lights in each jurisdiction. That information should be available by the next quarterly meeting.
“They’re going to give us a plan of how and who to call, then we’ll go from there,” Choat said. “This is a good start. They were concerned about it. They’ve had trouble all over the state with this, it’s not just Jefferson County.”
Choat said the city could purchase insurance on lighting after they find out which poles are the city’s responsibility.