Street Lighting Program
- at street intersections
- at cul-de-sacs if the nearest street light is over 140 feet away
- at mid-block locations on new streets, or on existing streets when a sufficient petition is submitted to the Transportation Department by a majority of the affected property owners within the affected block. Minimum spacing for mid-block streetlights are according to AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) standards
- when recommended by the Transportation, Police, or Fire Departments
- when funds are available
Street light requests shall be reviewed by the Transportation Department. Requests may be received from residents, City Council, public or private agencies, or the Transportation, Police, or Fire Departments. The applicable utility company shall make all installations after approval by the Transportation Department as to the size and type of materials.
The standard streetlight for a residential is a wooden pole with a 50-watt, light emitting diode (LED) roadway fixture, installed at a minimum height of twenty-five (25) feet. The customary standard light for a commercial area or thoroughfare is a wooden pole or a galvanized steel pole with a 150-, 220-, or 280-watt LED roadway fixture. The actual equipment and minimum heights is determined by the circumstances of the design. In some cases, the City of Durham may elect to upgrade the lighting for which the capital costs will be paid by the City of Durham. Street light designs for state maintained streets will be permitted and approved by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The City will pay a flat monthly fee for each light, as established by the State Utilities Company, with all capital (other than previously noted) and maintenance costs borne by the applicable utility company.
NEW DEVELOPMENT LIGHTING
- Developer’s name
- An approved subdivision plan showing phase lines
- The type of street lighting to be installed (standard or decorative – if decorative please be specific)
- A list of approved public street names (listed in an email) as they appear in each phase
- Complete contact information for the Developer, HOA and or Management Company including physical and email addresses, land line and cell telephone numbers.
Confirmation of the roadway classification will be confirmed with Earlene Thomas of the Transportation Department once the above items have been received. This information will also be included in the letter to Duke Energy. The letter to Duke Energy needs to be sent prior to Duke Energy completing the necessary subdivision infrastructure and lighting designs. The developer/HOA/Management Company will be responsible for the operation bill for 36 months. The service agreement executed by the developer and Duke Energy must be sent to Terry Thompson, Street Light Administrator, in order for the City to issue C.O.’s.
STREET LIGHT REMOVAL
EXCEPTION TO POLICY