If the city has shut off your street light in Colorado Springs and you just can't stand the dark, you can pay $100 to keep it lit for a year. Of course, if your street light is on an arterial road, the charge is $240, city officials announced today in a news release.
Through its street light adoption program, residents can restore neighborhood bulbs that have been darkened due to budget woes that led the city to turn off 8,000 to 10,000 lights to save $1.2 million this year.
Go here to find program details and pay adoption fees. You also can pay with a check by leaving a message at 385-5903 (select option 1) to have forms mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you.
After payment is made, lights will be reactivated within 10 working days.
Which lights were shut off was decided by city engineers, Springs police and Colorado Springs Utilities, which runs the street light program but doesn't pay for it.
Lights will remain on at mid-block crosswalks, residential intersections, school areas, areas adjacent to parks, and hospital approaches.
You can tell which lights have been turned off in the cost-savings program, because they're wrapped with a strip of orange tape and might have a red cap placed on top of the light pole.
Adopted lights will be designated by strip of blue tape.