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What We Do
Who Puts Street Lights
Along County Roads?
You may have seen a number of street lights (we call them luminaires) along
county roads. Most of these have not been installed by the county. The majority
were paid for by private companies, individuals, or homeowner's associations.
These lights are maintained by the owner or by the local power company.
Why We Don't Put Lights Along All County Roads
Frankly, we couldn't afford to install, maintain, and pay for electricity for street lighting
along all county roads. For that reason, our policy is to install street lighting when there
is a traffic-related need only at the following locations:
Arterials with curbs, islands, or median within the travelway
As part of major construction projects in areas with a high concentration of commercial development
Arterial locations having high reported accident histories where a significantly large proportion of those accidents happened at night
Intersections that have been identified for future signalization where lighting can be economically installed on a short-term basis
Requesting Street Lights and Reporting Outages
If you would like us to consider a location that meets one of the above criteria for street lighting, please
or call us at (253) 798-7250. Include the road name and cross street(s), your name, address, and daytime telephone number.
To report an outage of a county-operated street light, please call (253) 798-8000.
If you are interested in street lighting or want to report an outage (at a non-county maintained location), contact your local utility company. For your convenience some of the local power company phone numbers are listed below.
Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light Co.
Lakeview Light & Power
Ohop Mutual Light Co
Parkland Light & Water Co
Peninsula Light Co
Pierce County Public Works
Puget Sound Energy
Tacoma Street Light Division
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