1/4/06 By the end of 2007, new solar-powered lights could replace the worn-out system on the Interstate 277 loop around uptown Charlotte. Barry Moose, NCDOT’s chief engineer for the Charlotte area, says he just needs a nod from the city and then he’s confident he can cobble together the $1 million to $1.2 million needed for the lights. This photograph was taken from Central Ave. where Independence Blvd. splits and becomes the John Belk Freeway and Brookshire Freeway. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
1/4/06 By the end of 2007, new solar-powered lights could replace the worn-out system on the Interstate 277 loop around uptown Charlotte. Barry Moose, NCDOT’s chief engineer for the Charlotte area, says he just needs a nod from the city and then he’s confident he can cobble together the $1 million to $1.2 million needed for the lights. This photograph was taken from Central Ave. where Independence Blvd. splits and becomes the John Belk Freeway and Brookshire Freeway. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com JEFF SINER
1/4/06 By the end of 2007, new solar-powered lights could replace the worn-out system on the Interstate 277 loop around uptown Charlotte. Barry Moose, NCDOT’s chief engineer for the Charlotte area, says he just needs a nod from the city and then he’s confident he can cobble together the $1 million to $1.2 million needed for the lights. This photograph was taken from Central Ave. where Independence Blvd. splits and becomes the John Belk Freeway and Brookshire Freeway. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com JEFF SINER

As the retail and sports business reporter for the Observer, Katie Peralta covers everything from grocery-store competition in Charlotte to tax breaks for pro sports teams. She is a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame.