Public Utilities Street Lighting Programs

Street Lighting Programs

Traffic Safety Lighting (local streets)

 
Description
 
On local streets, the City provides a light at intersections for pedestrian and traffic safety. Under this program, optional midblock lights at approximately 300 foot spacing are also provided if the majority of property owners within 150 feet of the proposed light location agree to having the optional light.
 
Funding
 
The City funds 100% of the cost for Traffic Safety Lighting, which are not decorative.
 

Continuous Lighting Systems (major streets)

 
Description
 
Along major streets, the City provides a brighter level and more uniform dispersion of lighting for traveler safety. These are streets with high traffic volumes and high speed limits, as well as more pedestrians. There are typically 6 to 8 lights per block face.
 
Funding
 
The City funds 100% of the cost for Continuous Lighting.
 

Special Assessment Area (SAA) Decorative Lighting (Commercial & Residential Areas)

 
Description
 
Additional and/or decorative lighting in residential and commercial areas is offered via special Assessment Areas. A formal, specific design is required, which includes wiring and electrical connections suitable to the number of lights connected to each circuit, the electrical load that is drawn, and the voltage provided at the power source. The design must comply with industry standards and be approved by the Public Utilities Division.
 
Funding
 
Abutting property owners in SID agree to pay 100% of the capital cost for new or replacement SID Lighting and 100% of the operating and maintenance (O&M) costs of the lights.
 

Private Decorative Lighting (Residential Areas Only)

 
Description
 
Neighborhood residents purchase, install, operate, maintain, and own decorative lights that are placed in the park strip of the public right-of-way. Each streetlight has underground wiring that is connected to the electrical service in the home of the owner of the streetlight. Each light owner signs a revocable permit issued by the City that is recorded with the property. The permit allows the light to be placed on public property and stipulates that the homeowner is responsible for operating and maintaining the light at the property owner’s expense. Each neighborhood works with the Public Utilities Division on a design plan that provides adequate lighting. Design features include the type of pole, fixture, size and type of light, and the spacing and location of poles. Once a plan is approved, the neighborhood arranges for installation of the lights.
 
Funding
 
All costs of the Private Lighting program are the responsibility of the neighborhood.  
 
Useful informational handouts on Private Street Lighting