CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The oldest main road in Charlotte without streetlights will soon get hundreds of new lights.

The Charlotte City Council will invest an estimated $1.8 million to install 359 lights on Billy Graham Parkway between I-85 and South Tryon Street. 

Other than a few lights at some intersections with traffic lights, right now there are no lights on that stretch, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation.

Since 2014, the city reports there have been nine fatalities, five serious injury crashes and 51 minor injury crashes on that five-and-a-half mile stretch of road.

Charlotte's Vision Zero program aims at eliminating traffic deaths and injuries.

Monday night, Charlotte City Council members approved the money for the lights. The Billy Graham lighting project is expected to be completed by spring 2021.

Editor's Note: The attached video in this story was published before City Council members approved the money for street lights.

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