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As construction on Cove Lane continues in Lake Charles, some details are still being sorted out. This means a possible city agreement with the state to bring lights to the new highway.

"We know there's going to be a lot of people getting on and getting off, day and night. So we asked them to include lighting on that job as well," Public Works Director Mister Edwards said. 

Edwards said that of the $400,000 cost to light Cove Lane, the city will only have to pay 10 percent. That's roughly $40,000, with the rest of the funding coming from the state.

"It's going to be similar to what you see as actual interstate lighting. What you see on I-10, places like that," Edwards said.

In the long term, the city will be responsible for maintenance of the lights and energy costs, but Edwards said this job won't take away from the other city maintenance responsibilities.

"As long as the system is good. There's a lot more newer technology that goes into it now. A lot of them are LED lightings, so the energy cost is not as great," he said.

Edwards said the Cove Lane lighting could be the first of many lighting projects heading to the Lake Area.

He said city officials will look at the option of lighting I-210 and they hope something can be done with I-10 some time down the road.

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