City of Madison

Traffic Engineering - Yang Tao, Interim City Traffic Engineer & Parking Utility Manager

NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM:

Street Light Requests

City of Madison Traffic Engineering is receiving an unusually high number of requests for new street lights from residents across the city. We understand the concerns and safety issues associated with these requests, and are doing all we can to increase the sense of security throughout the city.

Process for requesting a NEW street light

  • Contact your Alder or the Traffic Engineering dept with your request
  • A city employee will reach out to you to discuss options
  • The city will perform a study to determine if your request is warranted
    • The city may recommend no changes, based on city ordinances, existing infrastructure, and budgetary restrictions
    • The city may request that you or your neighborhood contribute to the funding of a new street light or fixture
  • The City will ask you to circulate a petition to show the neighborhood’s support of the additional street light
    • The city will provide the petition, and the requester/ neighborhood association/ Alder is responsible for the distribution and gathering of signatures
    • A unanimous agreement is not required, just a majority
    • The city is currently researching ways to gather signatures on-line
  • If the neighborhood will contribute to the funding of the installation, the Traffic Engineering Dept will take the deposit. If the neighborhood is not funding the any part of the work, this step will be skipped.
  •  Traffic Engineering will perform the work or authorize the work be done by MG&E or Alliant Energy
  • Any remaining portion of the deposit will be returned after the project has completed

   Note: This process may take several months, or longer (installation is weather dependent)

Process for other street light request

(brighter light, light shining into home, removal etc)

  • Contact your Alder or the Traffic Engineering dept with your request
  • A city employee may reach out to you to discuss options
  • The city may perform a study to determine if your request is warranted
    • The city may recommend no changes, based on city ordinances, existing infrastructure, and budgetary reasons
  • It is unlikely, but you may be asked to partially fund any alterations. The Traffic Engineering dept will take the deposit.
    • If you are unable to help fund the alteration, we may contact your alder or neighborhood association to see if they would like to help fund
  • Traffic Engineering will perform the work or authorize the work be done by MG&E or Alliant Energy
  • Any remaining portion of the deposit will be returned after the project has completed

   

    Note: This process may take several weeks, or longer dependent on the weather

 

To request a repair or to report a street light outage, please use the City's Report A Problem portal