Puerto Rico repairs 80 percent of stoplights post-Maria

October 4, 2018 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government says it has repaired 80 percent of stoplights across the U.S. territory since Hurricane Maria hit more than a year ago.

Officials said crews will now be targeting 200 intersections that remain in the dark as Puerto Ricans complain about ongoing accidents.

The island’s Department of Transportation and Public Works said Thursday that more than $16 million in federal funds is helping to finance 18 ongoing projects.

Legislators have called for powering stoplights and streetlights with solar panels as the island rebuilds from the Category 4 storm.

Maria caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage and destroyed the island’s electrical grid.