Streetlights, Signing and Striping
The Transportation Department maintains more than 38,000
streetlights, but not all streetlights in Mesa are maintained by the
City of Mesa.
There are several areas in the City where the lights
are maintained by private property owners or by Salt River
- Apartment complexes
- Private parking lots
- Gated communities
- Private property
- Areas that have a Mesa mailing address but are on County
islands, such as:
- Dreamland Villa
- Leisure World
- Thunder Mountain
- Special Improvement Districts that created agreements
with Maricopa County prior to annexation into the City, such
- Apache Wells
- Desert Sands
- Arizona Skies
- Golden Hills
- Fountain of the Sun
- Twin Knolls
For a City of Mesa streetlight, it
normally takes our crews up to four weeks to repair.
Some circumstances, such as stolen wire, a loss of power, or
vehicle damage could delay the repair further.
To report outages or for more
information on renting lighting for private property, contact
Salt River Project at 602-236-8888.
Streetlight Repairs and Facts
Energy Efficient LED Streetlights
The City of Mesa is using energy efficient LED streetlights
on several new projects in an effort to reduce our carbon
footprint, while still providing quality lighting. LED
lighting has a longer life (up to 15 years), is less expensive
to maintain, and uses roughly 40% less energy than traditional
streetlights. LED streetlights are being used in several
residential neighborhoods and will be installed in the Eastmark
Community, along Southern Avenue in the Fiesta District and in
Downtown Mesa along the light rail extension as construction
progresses on these projects.
City of Mesa streetlights are not numbered,
however there is a number on the light fixture that indicates the wattage of
the lamp: 10 =100 watts, 15= 150 watts, 40 = 400 watts, etc.
When reporting an outage, we ask that you provide a precise location or address
of the outage.
If a streetlight has a number on the pole, that means it is
owned and maintained by Salt
River Project and not the City of Mesa. Please call Salt River
Project at 602-236-8888 to report any outages or concerns
regarding their poles.
High-pressure sodium lamps have an expected lifespan of five
to six years but must warm up for a few minutes to produce full
luminance. Failing lamps draw excessive electric current and
will shutdown until they cool off and can restart again. This
off/on pattern is called Cycling. As the lamp gets older the
"on" time shortens until it is off most of the time.
Day-Burning Lamp or Circuit
A photocell is a light-sensing switch on top of the luminaire
that turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn. The photocell
may be connected to a lighting control cabinet and turn on
multiple lights hooked in to the circuit. When a photocell is
damaged, the light or lights will remain on during the day.
Operation of the lights during the day not only wastes energy
but also shortens the lifespan of the lamp and its components.
Multiple outages typically occur when several adjacent
streetlights are out. This may result from a failure in the
lighting control cabinet or in the underground wires. Circuit
outages are treated as high priority because of the large areas
Knock Downs, Vandalism, Exposed Wires
Last year, 73 streetlights were damaged by vehicles
requiring full replacement or major repairs. In addition,
108,019 feet of copper wire were stolen, 148 poles were replaced
due to rust damage, and vandals broke out numerous streetlight
lenses with pellet and paintball guns. Please report any
vandalism to the Mesa Police Department. Always stay clear of a
pole that has been hit, is moving excessively, has loose
components that are hanging down, or has any exposed wires.
The Transportation Department fabricates, installs, repairs
and maintains the traffic control and street name signs in Mesa.
There are nearly 60,000 of these signs located throughout the
City. The destruction or theft of traffic signs is a tremendous
safety hazard. Some signs are essential for public safety and
are handled as emergencies and replaced within 24 hours. These
would include Stop, Yield, Do-Not-Enter, One Way, Detour, many
Warning signs and School signs.
The Transportation Department is responsible for installing
and maintaining traffic pavement markings in the City of Mesa.
An example is the yellow lines that separate traffic that flows
in opposite directions. The City paints more than 1,700 miles of
lines per year along with crosswalks, stop bars, symbols
300 E. 6th St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
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Mesa, AZ 85211
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