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Darkness on Main

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, February 04, 2009, at 10:55PM
Dark Street Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Brake lights outshine the unlit street lights on this dark stretch of Main street, south of 5th.

If Main street has seemed a bit dark lately, it's not your imagination.

Street lights along Main street between 4th and 7th have been unlit for weeks, and contacting the city doesn't seem to lead to answers.

The impact of the darkened lights is somewhat lessened by the sidewalk lighting installed recently by the Historic Downtown BID. The lights are mounted on building facades, and have stayed lit during the street light outage.

Residents who notice street light outages are supposed to call 3-1-1, the city's general contact number. Our own Dave Bullock called two weeks ago to report the Main street outage, and spoke to the Bureau of Street Lighting. They blamed the problem on a bad timer, transferring his call to DWP. DWP promised to fix the issue, but weeks later the street remains unlit. Other readers have reported similar calls to the city.

Multi-block outages aren't a new thing for Downtown's streets. We've reported about a long outage on 7th and a similar darkness on 5th.

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