In presenting the proposed 2014 Public Works Department budget to the City Council Tuesday, Director Mark Jernigan said the department has made remarkable progress in fixing streetlights this year, but they have much more work to do.
"This year we fixed over 17,500 outages. The number of outages in September was the lowest it's been since Katrina," Jernigan said.
To maintain the pace of repairs in 2014, the mayor proposes to again use one-time money to pay for the lion's share of the costs.
"To fill this gap, a $14.6 million one-time revenue source not yet represented in the budget document is proposed in 2014 to fund construction, maintenance and repair of streetlights in the areas of the city served by Entergy of New Orleans," Jernigan said.
Broken streetlights have long been a chief complaint of both residents and City Council members.