The Transportation and Public Works Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City of Santa Rosa's street lighting system. The City has approximately 15,500 street lights consisting of various designs and lamp types.
Street lighting is provided to illuminate roadways and sidewalks for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Although street lights do at times illuminate private property, this is not their primary intent.
Street Lights Are Being Turned Back on
Between 2009 and 2013, the City of Santa Rosa turned off approximately 3,400 street lights as a temporary cost saving measure during a period of fiscal crisis. In February 2015, the City Council approved a program to turn all street lights back on by July 2016.
The street lights that were turned off or equipped with photocell timers, will be turned on and most will be fitted with high efficiency light emitting diode (LED) lamps. Eventually all of the City's street lights will be equipped with LED lamps. LED street lights utilize 40% less energy than the high pressure sodium lights they are replacing and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.