So now we know.
The darker look to some Collier County roads this summer is not just our imagination. In order to save money, county government is piggybacking on daylight saving time and turning off streetlights.
We understand the goal. We also understand turning off lights can come with a downside — a compromise in safety for pedestrians and motorists.
Now that we know about this, we can check for ourselves at the following locations:
Immokalee Road from Collier Boulevard to 43rd Avenue — 245 of 348 street lights turned off.
Collier Boulevard from Immokalee Road to Golden Gate Boulevard — 84 of 119 street lights turned off.
Collier Boulevard from Davis Boulevard to U.S. 41 — 190 of 230 street lights turned off.
Vanderbilt Beach Road from Vineyards to Collier boulevards — 106 of 178 street lights turned off.
Rattlesnake Hammock Road from Polly Avenue to Collier Boulevard — 54 of 80 street lights turned off.
Livingston Road from Immokalee to Radio roads — 336 of 391 street lights turned off.
Logan Boulevard from Immokalee to Vanderbilt Beach roads — 62 of 70 street lights turned off.
We’ll see whether the savings are worth it.