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Tackling broken streetlights on Tulsa highways

Posted at 10:12 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 21:28:05-05

TULSA, Okla. — Drivers on some of Tulsa's major highways noticed stretches of broken streetlights, so one driver reached out to the 2 Works for You Problem Solvers.

Kevin Williams drives at least four mornings a week, shortly before dawn. He said about a month ago he started spotting streetlights on the fritz.

"I noticed a lot of lights were out, about 10 in a row,” said Williams.

He said every few days he'd noticed more lights on the blink: along highway 169, I-244, and the Tisdale Expressway.

He said it was alarming highway safety concern.

"Danger. You can't see a lot in the dark spots,” he said.

Williams said he went out of his way to stop at many of the broken lights to take note of the identifying numbers at the bottom of the poles and sent that information to the city more than 2 weeks ago.

"I even got the numbers off the lights, emailed it to them, nothing,” he said.

Williams called the Problem Solvers and 2 Works for You got in touch with the city. The city said supervisors knew about the needed street light repairs, but both of their big bucket trucks necessary for those repairs have been out of service since late last year. One truck went back in service on Monday and the city hired a contractor to help until another new bucket truck is manufactured and delivered and ready to hit the road.

Drivers can report streetlight problems by calling 311 or CLICK HERE. Or on the City of Tulsa website click 'Report a Problem.'

Contact the Problem Solvers:

  • 918-748-1502
  • problemsolvers@kjrh.com

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