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Crews work on street lights along IDL in downtown Tulsa

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 08:01:11-05

Lights along the inner-dispersal loop in downtown Tulsa were being repaired on Monday afternoon.

The darkness along the IDL has been a headache for drivers.

It is the last big fix in downtown Tulsa, and crews today began working along Interstate 244 at the northwest corner of the IDL.

The city put together a task force several years ago and promised to fix about 6,000 lights around the city that had been smashed or broken.

The city says thieves were to blame for the dark roadways, and they ripped out copper wiring, which caused about $2.5 million in damages. The city worked to replace the copper with aluminum wiring, something they hope will deter thieves.

Crews are expected to work until the end of February to get all the lights back in operation.

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