Many people find that walking in areas with street lights is more comfortable and potentially safer. The City operates over 5,200 lights for this purpose. Although street lights do not provide constant illumination, they do provide general guidance for drivers as to where the roadway is headed and places of refuge for walkers.
The City of Oak Ridge relies largely on citizen reports to learn when street lights are either “out” or are cycling on and off. If you notice a street light out, you can report it by calling (865) 425-1803 or by visiting the Oak Ridge Electric Department website at ored.oakridgetn.gov and clicking the “report a problem” tab.
Street lights are normally repaired within a week of the report. However, in underground areas, planning for and excavating a bad buried electrical cable frequently takes more time.