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Street lights in northeast Albuquerque malfunctioning, worrying residents

Nathan O'Neal
December 18, 2018 04:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – People who live and work just north of the International District said irregular street lights are posing a safety risk.

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Residents in the area told KOB they’ve been dealing with unreliable street lights along corridors north of Lomas on San Mateo and San Pedro and many believe it is contributing to traffic hazards and crime.

“I started noticing these lights are on the wrong cycle and they’re on during the day and off at night when they’re needed,” said resident Rick Huff.

Huff said he noticed the anomaly eight months ago and filed a complaint with PNM but said he is still waiting on a fix.

KOB found whole sections of San Mateo and San Pedro just north of the International District cast into darkness where streetlights were dark when they should be lit.

Huff said he worries what the lighting issue will mean for crime in the area.

“We are very close to a noted high crime area,” said Huff, adding later: “Definitely, it can deter crime when you’ve got something lit the roaches crawl away very quickly.”

However, Huff is also concerned about the traffic safety hazards with sections of the roadways dark. He wants the lighting issue fixed before someone gets hurt.

“I have seen some near misses of people scurrying across ahead of cars,” said Huff.

PNM told KOB the malfunctioning street lights on San Mateo north of Lomas are indeed under PNM’s jurisdiction. A spokesperson for PNM said they are aware of the issue and are working on developing a plan to address the problem – although a timeline for a fix was not immediately available.

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