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Streetlights fixed in east side neighborhood after RTV6 gets involved

Posted at 6:52 AM, Oct 26, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The lights are back on in an east side neighborhood after a viewer reached out to RTV6 for help.

Jerry Shepherd loves his area of town and is no stranger to walking its streets. But as the sun goes down earlier, the street in front of his home gets dark sooner.

Shepherd said the broken streetlights on his block are a safety problem because pedestrians are forced to walk into the street due to a sidewalk in need of serious repairs.

He said his numerous calls to IPL have still left him in the dark.

"Since the streetlight went out in March because they were doing construction, we knew it was going to be out," Shepherd said. "And when construction ended in July, we thought that the streetlights would come back on and I gave them some time. Then the end of August came and it's getting dark, school is started, kids are walking and we aren't seeing any results."

On Shepherd's behalf, RTV6 contacted IPL around 9:30 a.m. Friday asking what could be done to fix the lights.

A spokesperson responded saying they would look into the issue. Shepherd said the response from IPL was swift as a contractor for arrived within hours.

"I reached out to Channel 6 because I was exhausted and no one else seemed to be able to help. And I watch your program all the time and I see you're able to solve similar problems and even greater problems, I thought this should be nothing for him," Shepherd said.

Lights are now on hours after RTV6 reached out to IPL and crews put the finishing touches on what has been a months-long concern for area residents.