Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has begun his initiative to end a 35-year-old ban on new street lights in the city thanks, in part, to a partnership with Indianapolis Power & Light Co. Hogsett’s office says "Operation Night Light" is being funded through cost savings and will not require additional tax dollars.
The plan involves the installation of 100 new street lights throughout Indianapolis. As part of the initiative, IPL will fund the city’s first study of residential lighting to assist in the planning of future phases of the project.
"Over the last three decades, our city has grown by over 100 thousand residents without updating our streetlight infrastructure – but that changes today," said Hogsett. "Working with public safety and neighborhood leaders, I am proud that we are finally bringing light to neighborhoods that have been dark for far too long."
The mayor’s office says additional lights will be installed based on several factors, including community growth, neighborhoods requests to the Mayor’s Action Center, and public safety. The MAC will accept requests for new street lights for the first phase of "Operation Night Light" for the next 30 days.