Survey finds 44 percent of Tulsa highway lights are unlit
Dec. 17, 2017
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A survey conducted by a Tulsa newspaper has found that nearly half of the highways maintained by Oklahoma's second largest city are unlit.
The Tulsa World reports a survey it conducted of Tulsa-maintained highways found that about 44 percent were dark in spite of a recent announcement by city officials that efforts to repair damaged highway lights were 85 percent complete.
In an email, the city says the 85-percent figure represents wiring that has been restored to provide power to highway lights and doesn't account for the number of fixtures actually lit.
In a separate statement, Mayor G.T. Bynum says the priority, or "job number one" in restoring highway lighting is replacing electrical infrastructure stolen by thieves.
City officials say roadway lighting can reduce night-time crashes by about 30 percent.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com