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Q. I live in a newly built subdivision and the street lights are not active. At night the street is pitch black and is very unsafe for anyone to walk on. Even leaving the house in the morning it is hard to tell if someone is walking behind me as I back out of the driveway. I called the street department and the manager said the street is city maintained now, but the contractor hasn't done their job. A petition has been sent to the contractor signed by subdivision residents to remedy this, but no action has been taken. What is a person to do to get the lights turned on the make the street safer?

Dear Juneau Resident,

We had to "phone a friend" to get the answer to your question and here it is:
The subdivision contractor needed to get an inspection by an electrical contractor before the lights could go live, and apparently had some issues to work out before they could get that done. The inspection has been completed, the streets department has been notified that the inspection is complete, and AEL&P will be contacted for the lights to become functional. What the neighborhood did was exactly the right thing to do. By letting the subdivision contractor know the neighborhood was unhappy, it helped move the process along. Barring any complications, streetlights should be live as early as next week.


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