Thursday, Mayor Joe Hogsett began the installation of 100 new streetlights across Indianapolis, following through on his pledge to end a three decade ban on new streetlights.
The first phase of the “Operation Night Light” initiative is funded through cost savings, will require no additional tax dollars, and includes an unprecedented partnership with Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL).
“Over the last three decades, our city has grown by over 100 thousand residents without updating our streetlight infrastructure – but that changes today,” said Mayor 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 launch of “Operation Night Light” follows Mayor Hogsett signing Executive Order No. 3, which ended the city’s 35 year moratorium on new city-funded streetlights. In addition, IPL has committed to funding the city’s first study of residential lighting to assist in planning future phases of Operation Night Light.
“IPL has a genuine commitment to working with the City of Indianapolis as they develop their long-term street lighting strategy,” said Rafael Sanchez, IPL President and CEO. “IPL will commission a comprehensive study to evaluate the lighting needs throughout our entire service territory including Indianapolis to determine the best, cost-effective options to enhance safety and quality of life.”
The installation of new streetlights has been found to enhance public safety efforts and community pride, leading to an increased sense of security, rising home values, and improved quality of life. Local law enforcement leadership applauded the decision to launch Operation Night Light.
“For many years, our collective police membership has advocated for innovative steps to enhance the safety of our neighborhoods through better lighting,” explains Rick Snyder, President of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #86. “We applaud the Mayor for taking this proactive first step to prevent crime through environmental design.”
The first streetlight is located on Nowland Ave. between Oakland Ave. and Parker Ave. Criteria considered in making this decision included: proximity to an elementary school; neighborhood feedback through Mayor Hogsett’s Neighborhood Advocate program; and location within an IMPD focus area.
Over the next thirty days, the Mayors Action Center will continue accepting Phase One requests for new streetlights. Residents can make a request by calling (317) 327-4MAC, Monday through Friday 7:30a.m. – 5:30 p.m.