Community Improvements

STREET LIGHTS IN SPRING CREEK

We're frequently asked by neighbors why Spring Creek doesn't have more street lighting -- as a concern for both safety and beautification. In 2021, our SCCO President, Laurie Johnson, reached out to the City of Dallas and Oncor regarding this concern, and here's the information we've been told:

Generally, street lights in residential neighborhoods should be at least 400 feet apart to justify adding new light.  An investigation will be made to determine if circumstances such as street profile, alignment, or intersections warrant closer spacing.

Costs:  We have no way of knowing until locations are nailed down, then we submit to Oncor for the cost estimate. These lights are owned/operated by Oncor so we have to submit the request to them and then they provide a cost estimate based on what we provide to them.

Any cost related to the installation of new lighting would be at the requestor's expense.

Homeowners must remove tree limbs that may block the installation of a new powerline that may be required from the alley right of way

 

PROCESS

  1. A petition for obtaining new street lights on residential streets may be obtained by calling the Street Lighting Section at 214-671-8973.

  2. The petition will list the address of all property owners within 100 feet of the proposed location of the light.

  3. The petition serves two purposes:  a) it ensures that the citizens in the affected area are informed of what is being proposed, and b) it gives the people who are most affected an opportunity to have a voice in the matter.

PETITION REQUIREMENTS

A petition must be circulated for each new light.

If the light is located mid-block, two-thirds of those listed on the petition must be in favor.

If a new pole is required, the owner(s) who will have the new pole and light located on their parkway must be in favor.

There is no fee charged to the citizens for streetlights that are installed on wood poles with overhead wiring.  The operating and maintenance costs for this standard type of lighting are funded by the City through its annual street lighting operating budget.

The City does not provide alley lighting.  This is considered to be a private responsibility.  The general public does not use alleys as streets.  Therefore, the public receives minimum benefit from alley lighting.