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City works to address streetlight outages

WHY AM I DRIVING IN THE DARK? That question has come from several readers. Tony Gallegos called recently to say the street lights have been out on the eastbound side of Rio Bravo across the river “forever.” Dan H. called to report the light at Summer and Chama NE “has been out for three months.” And Dan Klein emails “I noticed that the street lights on Golf Course, from Irving to Paradise, are out. Only one or two work, and the rest are dark. Using your advice I went to the city website to see who maintains those lights and, surprisingly, those lights are not listed on the city website!

“So I don’t know if they are PNM or city maintained, but I do know it sure is dark on Golf Course Road,” he says. “I am sure your inquiry will get those lights turned on.”

If only it were that easy.

Let’s start with Golf Course. Meaghan Cavanaugh, who handles corporate communications for PNM, says “the Golf Course lights belong to Bernalillo County and were recently replaced with LED lights. Our manager of vegetation and streetlights spoke with the county, and it seems that those lights are out because of copper theft.”

Bobby Baker, traffic control administrator for Bernalillo County, says “these lights were recently vandalized, and the copper was taken.”

He adds that as of Saturday, “all of the lights are working now, except one light at 9912. The copper was taken from this location and we will have it repaired next week.”

As for Rio Bravo, Cavanaugh says “we did receive a report on these lights and have assigned a crew to fix them.”

And she adds “the light at Summer and Chama was repaired on Dec. 4.”

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858;; or P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M., 87103.