Carol Cocke and her dog Iris are looking forward to a brighter view along Carrollton Avenue.
The city plans to repair all street lights.
“I think that would be wonderful,” Cocke said. “It’ll help everybody out.”
“You know, adding lights to people are a little bit more visible is certainly not a bad thing,” neighbor Debbie Huntsman said.
For years, faulty or burned out street lights have been an issue.
Dark stretches along Carrollton created unsafe conditions.
“It was very dark, especially like in the neighborhoods,” Tulane student Sadie Kanner said.
Sadie Kanner and her classmates remember when the lights were out.
“I was just like always nervous walking even in a group of people,” Kanner said. “You just can’t see what’s in front of you; especially because the sidewalks here aren’t really in the best of condition.”
In preparation for the Super Bowl, the Department of Public Works installed temporary lights.
But neighbors complained even those were dim.
Now New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry has announced a more permanent fix.
Repairs will be made to approximately 105 lights along Carrollton Ave., between St. Charles and I-10.
In some cases work to the electrical infrastructure will be so extensive, that street car service will be temporarily suspended.
“What pleases me and I think should please the neighborhoods is that temporary lighting is up and it’s going to remain up until the permanent lights are on,” Guidry said.
Kanner says it’s welcomed news.
“I’m always conscious when I’m walking around and really conscious of what’s going on around me, but I think I would definitely be a lot more confident if I could see more of what’s going on,” said Kanner.
Guidry says repair work will begin in the next several days and will take 60 to 90 days to complete.
Meanwhile, street light repairs continue city-wide.