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Lights to run across the street and can be driven over?

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I started a river of blue lights from my house that now goes into 2 neighbors yards. A couple of neighbors across the street want to get involved also. Any idea of what kind of lights we could run across the street that won't break from cars and trucks driving over them?

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Sounds like you would do better to build something that could withstand the traffic. Perhaps a wooden 'Bridge' of sorts? Made of say Furring Strips spaced enough distance apart to run lines of Blue Ropelights between them. Regular One By boards would do the same thing depending on how many 'Gaps' of Blue Light you want in your Bridge. You could stain the wood or paint it to look like an actual Bridge and even build Railings on each side of the road to also help maintain the gaps for the lights between the boards.

As well the first and last board could be ripped at a 'shim' angle to ease car tires onto the actual platform even though the whole thing would only actually be 3/4 of an inch high/thick.

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I'd check with the local government to see if it would even be allowed in the first place. I'd would hate to go through all the trouble to build something only to find out that you couldn't use it.

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Just get some 1" bullet proof glass, raise it off the ground a little and put the lights under it. Quit over thinking it.

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