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Driver raises concern over lighting along I-95

Posted at 12:01 AM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 19:10:36-04

UPDATE:  WPTV has learned the lights on the median of I-95 near 10th Ave. are out as a result of Hurricane Irma. Lights have been out, off and on, since. 

This is where dozens of cars suffered flats after running over metal rods that had fallen onto the highway Monday in the pre-dawn hours.

FPL told WPTV Tuesday that they are "aware and investigating," They have no time frame. 

“Safety is their number one priority,” added FPL.

According to FPL, the Florida Department of Transportation owns the lights.

FDOT said they would consider adding a warning about the poorly lit area on their electronic signs. 


It was about 5:30 a.m. Monday and dark with a light rain. Nicole Duprey was driving to work, north on Interstate 95.

RELATED: 30 vehicles experience flat tires on I-95

“I just heard a loud bang. Both my tires went and I saw by the time I got over it what it was. It was a big metal thing. Both the ends were curled. it was about right here,” she said, driving us where it happened, near the 10th Avenue exit. 

Camouflaged across the road, metal rods. Florida Highway Patrol says they fell off a truck. 

Duprey took WPTV along her route.

She takes the Lantana onramp and heads north. Initially there’s lights. Just past 6th Avenue, look up and notice what you can’t see.  

Working lights. They are all out on this stretch of road. 

Look down, and tire piercing rods become invisible. The speed limit here is 65 mph.

“I mean it’s dangerous. You can’t see what’s in the road in front of you,” she said. 

Duprey was one of dozens of frustrated drivers parked Monday morning along the interstate with disabled cars. Thankfully, no one was hurt. 

“They should definitely maintain this more. It’s a major, major safety issue especially that it took something like this with as many cars having damage. And it’s not cheap to fix them. It was $600 that we paid today,” she said. 

WPTV asked FDOT about the lights and if there were any issues, but they said they are still working to get an answer for us.