Lighting is a long shot on East Main

Is there any chance of getting more street lights on East Main Street between Bear Creek and Crater Lake Avenue? Most of the crosswalk markings have been removed, and in the evening it is hard to see with oncoming headlights and four lanes of traffic. There also seems to be more pedestrians in that area than most. Now that we're heading into a wet, dark season, it seems like this is an accident waiting to happen.

— Kathy L., Medford

Kathy, the odds of getting additional lighting in that area are very low, according to Cory Crebbin, Medford public works director.

There are now three street lights on the north side of East Main Street between Hawthorne Street and Crater Lake Avenue.

"That stretch is already adequately lighted, and it'll be brighter now that the leaves have fallen off the trees," Crebbin said. "The trees block the street lights to a great extent, but we don't put in more street lights to make up for that. The property owners could trim the trees, I suppose, or take them out, but that would change the character of the street."

Crebbin said the city's annual street-light budget is about $10,000, which covers one to three new lights each year.

"We usually do those at locations where there are safety concerns," he said.

Sorry, Kathy, the city probably won't install more lights on East Main Street this season, but there's still time to ask Santa for a bike light and set of reflectors.


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