The city is nearly halfway finished turning on all arterial streetlights, and plans to have all of them turned on by mid-November.

Colorado Springs government turned off about 8,000 streetlights in 2009 as a cost-cutting measure. All residential streetlights were turned back on in 2010. All remaining arterial lights – about 2,150 at last count –will be turned back on.

Budget savings from 2012, including salary savings, helped pay for the $150,000 needed to turn the lights on.

“Streetlights are an important function in any urban environment to help provide better visibility and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians traveling at night,” says Transportation manager Kathleen Krager.