Thursday, October 28, 2010
SH 99 "in the dark"
Copper is in pretty high demand. In fact, some people will do just about anything to get their hands on it.
Last week, someone decided that there wasn't any real "need" for those lights on SH 99 (Grand Parkway) and Fisher Road in Chambers County. At least they thought nobody really needed that copper wire strung to all those nice highway lights. So, they destroyed the control box, broke off all the entry plates to the light poles, and made off with as much copper wiring they could get their hands on.
They made off with approximately 2000 feet of copper wiring and left behind close to $6000 worth of damage. They also left the folks who travel the intersection of SH 99 and Fisher Road in the dark.
A contractor is already working on making the repairs. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as just pulling some wire and firing up the lights. So much damage was done that several other parts need to be replaced. And getting those parts is more than just going to the hardware store. If the contractor doesn't have them in stock then he will have to order them. It could take a couple of weeks to get everything needed.
In the meantime, if you have any tips about who did it, TxDOT and the Chambers County Sheriff's Department would love to hear from you. You can contact the sheriff's office at 409-267-3233.