Steve M writes:
Some of you may or may not have seen that the street lights in the 3000 block, of E. Broad, the 3100 block of E. Broad, and the 200 block of N. 32nd street are not working. They have been not working since before Christmas last year. That means they have been out for 9 months.This has been reported to the city via SeeClickFix last year. It has reported to the city through RVA311 this year. There have been numerous phone calls to the Dept of Public Works. There have been numerous communications to our city council person Cynthia Newbille. This story was reported on channel 6 investigative reporting. It has now gotten to the point that phone calls to city officials are just not being returned.I am now being told that the city believes that it is a broken underground cable and the city is not sure how to find it.Another example of our tax dollars at work.
The streetlight utility operates and maintains approximately 37,000 city-owned streetlights, five electric distribution subsystems, more than 350 miles of overhead and underground wiring and thousands of various pole types.
The Police Department’s Environmental Policing Initiative works with DPU’s Streetlight Division to improve public safety and security in neighborhoods across the city, determining locations where locating a light and trimming trees would enhance crime reduction.
If you see a streetlight out, or any other streetlight problems, call 646-8550. To request a new street light installation, call 646-8541.
The connection between light and crime may not be what most of us think it is, but the connection between light and our sense of safety is exactly what it’s always been. (1)