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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Streetlights

Street Lights

 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation owns 55,000 streetlights to brighten public streets within the city limits. Of those, about 4,800 are decorative streetlights like the twin ornamental lights seen Downtown.

The bureau pays the electricity bill for all lights and maintains approximately 11,000 lights. Portland General Electric maintains roughly 44,000 city-owned lights. Total payments to PGE for electricity and maintenance is about $6 million a year.

In addition, the bureau's streetlight program provides important administrative services, such as:

  • building and installing streetlights to meet the city's adopted standards;
  • approving designs and inspecting construction of new lights by developers;
  • modernizing current lighting systems for energy efficiency;
  • determining utility rate cases that affect streetlighting; and,
  • operating a system for Portland as efficiently and productively as possible.

Report a street light outage at 503-865-LAMP (5267) or online.

To report a street light outage, a light going on and off (cycling), a light on during the day, vandalism, or any other problem with a street light, call the Street Light Outage Hotline or use the online form.

When reporting a problem, please provide as much information as you can about the location, especially pole numbers, adjacent addresses, and side of the street.

Simple repairs may take up to two weeks. With over 55,000 lights, we depend on citizens to report problems. You may get voice mail, so please leave your name and daytime phone number.