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City of Lancaster Purchases Streetlights from PPL Electric Utilities

June 17, 2021 | Department of Public Works

The City of Lancaster has taken ownership of many streetlights in Lancaster city from PPL Electric Utilities recently, the Department of Public Works announced today.

Residents should now begin reporting streetlight outages or damage to the Bureau of Streets at (717) 291-4835. When they call, they should reference the closest address and the PPL pole tag number. Residents can also report outages or damage via email at info@cityoflancasterpa.com.

PPL has retained ownership of many of the streetlights in the downtown core of the city. City-owned poles have been marked with a placard, however, if a resident is unsure of who owns a particular pole they should contact the Bureau of Streets so staff can investigate and report outages and damage to PPL if necessary.

Preliminary engineering began in 2015. Much of the engineering and make-ready construction work occurred between 2017 and 2020. The project totaled $3 mil. The purchase will save the City $450,000 a year, and savings will increase as the lights are converted to LED over time. Ownership of the streetlights not only saves the City money, but also gives City staff more control over repair and maintenance timelines.