More than 12,000 accidents have been reported by TxDOT on the highways.

The Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization is making sure lighting is not one of them.

Part of the Expressway has lighting and some doesn’t, but all this is about to change for drivers as a new project looks to fix and upgrade the lights.

Darkness along the Expressways 77, 83 and 281 will soon be illuminated thanks to proposition one, a state wide funding.

Armando Sendejo has been a truck driver for more than 20 years and says no lighting makes it accident prone.

“I drive in some dark highways and there’s people stranded and you don’t see it there until the last minute, so it’s real dangerous.”

The illumination project consists of fixing any damaged light structure along with adding LED bulbs which will be more energy efficient.