City Tackles Backlog of Streetlight Repairs

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The City of Sacramento says that they have caught up with streetlight repairs after a rash of copper wire thefts left 150 neighborhoods in the dark.

After getting $2 million back in April, the city stepped up work to get those streetlights repaired. Some neighborhoods were in the dark for nearly 12 months, although the city now promises to repair reported outages within 90 days.

Some 18,000 streetlights have been repaired since 2010 – 8,800 coming since April.

Copper wife theft in streetlights continues to be a problem for the city, although the number of reported outages has dropped from 20 to 5 per week.

As city officials note, streetlights are important to the safety of a neighborhood. Outages can be reported on a website the city has set-up- http://www.cityofsacramento.org/transportation/traffic-engineering/copper.html.

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