City adds 500 street lights across Albuquerque, residents say it isn’t enough – KOB

December 29, 2021 by No Comments

KOB 4 asked, “are there any streets that stick out to you that you wouldn’t walk at night?” His answer? 

“Well Grove Street and Charleston are probably the worst, I don’t go on Pennsylvania at night either,” Stalborn said.

So, KOB 4 drove down those streets and sure enough, they were dark, streetlamps only at the intersections leaving long blocks in the dark.

But on other streets, like Southern, the city of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development has installed new LED lights. In total, the city has spent over $5 million adding more than 500 lights across the metro.  

“These lighting improvements are part of the city’s efforts to invest in historically disinvested neighborhoods and improve safety for everyone using the road,” DMD Director Pat Montoya said. 

Just north of Downtown, Wells Park got 78 news lights, the Southwest Mesa got 215 new lights, and the International District now has 162 new street lights.

Driving in these neighborhoods, you can see the difference. The new lights are lower and brighter, many point towards the sidewalk rather than just the road. But there are some stretches of road like 12th street where the new lights just end. North of Lomas, 12th  Street is bright but south of Lomas, in the Historic Downtown Neighborhood, 12th Street only has lights at the intersections.  

 “The more they get, the better cause these streets are pretty dark,” Stalborn said.

Stalborn and his neighbors just might get their wish. DMD says the city isn’t done yet. 

In the new year, 300 more lights will be installed by spring. And these new lights use a combination of utility and solar power.



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