Oct 16, 2012 6:38 PM by Alyse Rzemek
The City of Colorado Springs is nearly halfway through the process of turning back on all arterial streetlights. By end of Tuesday, 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 mid-November.
"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 approximately 8,000 streetlights in 2009 as a cost-saving measure. All residential streetlights were turned back on in 2010. Now, all remaining arterial lights will be turned back on. Budget savings from 2012, including salary savings from not filling vacant positions, helped fund the $150,000 needed to turn the lights back on. The electric cost to keep the remaining 3,500 lights on will be approximately $100,000 annually.