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Update on street light projects across El Paso

EL PASO, Texas -- Some newly installed street lights on El Paso roads are now turned on, while some projects wait to be electrified.

ABC-7 reported in July about a city project on Pellicano drive where street lights had been installed for months and had not been electrified. The street lights are now turned on.

After the story aired, ABC-7 viewers pointed out that other streets were experiencing the same thing. Viscount boulevard was one of those streets.

In a statement about other city street light projects, the city said, "The Capital Improvement Department is working with Streets and Maintenance to complete inspect and coordinate  energization of various lighting projects on multiple streets including Viscount and Pellicano."

The lights at Viscount are still not powered on as of Aug. 30. The city says, "the process involves the Capital Improvement Department coordinating inspection and acceptance for the City Streets and Maintenance Department, accepting into inventory and coordinating energization with El Paso Electric. Sections are being energized as soon as practical upon completion of all necessary processes by the various entities."

Laura Gonzalez has lived near Viscount for 22 years and has been concerned by the lack of street lights in the area. She walks her dogs with her partner every night.

“It’s very busy on Viscount at night and the cars go by very fast," Gonzalez said about the traffic behind Cielo Vista Mall.

On the west side, a Texas Department of Transportation project installed street lights along the median of Sunland Park drive. A spokeswoman for the department says the light poles were erected at the end of May, but three months later, the lights are still not powered.

ABC-7 reached out to the electric company to ask why the lights on Sunland Park drive are not turned on. A spokesman with the company was not familiar with the project and said a department head responsible for street light projects was not available to answer questions on Tuesday.

ABC-7 will follow-up with El Paso Electric about the project on Sunland Park drive. Stay with ABC-7 for updates to this story.

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