Copper South Tucson: South Tucson, Arizona
December 4, 2011 by staff
Copper South Tucson: South Tucson, Arizona, A rash of copper thefts has a large portion of South Tucson in the dark. Thousands of feet of wiring was stolen, from street lights along 4th Avenue and the city is struggling to replace it.
The good news is the person suspected of stealing all the wiring was finally caught, but unfortunately the damage was already done and it is dark out there.
The blackout stretches for roughly 10 blocks and about the only thing you can see is a few lights at some businesses and the head lights of cars going by.
So why hasn’t the city just replaced the wiring? It’s because that would cost more than $80 thousand, money South Tucson just doesn’t have lying around.
City workers said they’re nervous about what can happen in the dark and they aren’t alone.
Enrique Serna with the City of South Tucson said, “We’ve had a number of complaints and concerns raised by community members and businesses regarding just how dark it gets at night. Quite frankly a couple of close calls with hitting people crossing the street.”
The city said it has found a money stream, and it’s hoping to get even more now that the suspect has been arrested, but it could be February before 4th Avenue is back to normal. In the meantime the city said it will do its best with temporary lighting.
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