Oct 16, 2012 6:34 PM by Greg Boyce
The City of Colorado Springs is nearly halfway through the process of turning back on all arterial streetlights.
By end of day today, 1,350 out of 3,500 streetlights will be back on. The process to turn on all of the lights began on October 1, and the remaining 2,150 will be turned back on by the middle of next month.
"Streetlights are an important function in any urban environment to help provide better visibility and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians traveling at night," says Transportation Manger Kathleen Krager. "We are glad to be able to restore this service to the citizens of Colorado Springs."
The City turned off about 8,000 streetlights in 2009 as a cost-saving measure. All residential streetlights were turned back on in 2010.
The electric cost to keep the remaining 3,500 lights on will be approximately $100,000 annually.