Five street lights were stripped of their copper wire toward the end of 2018.
The highway was a little darker near Dixon.
Five street lights were stripped of their copper wire toward the end of 2018, throwing the stretch of highway around the state roads 68 and 75 into darkness. The copper wire theft occurred around mid-December, according to an interview with Paul Brasher, District 5 engineer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Whoever did it, he said, "has a total disregard to safety of the public."
The DOT hired a contractor to replace the wiring. "The contractor inspected the hand holes, luminaires and damage to the system," said Rosanne Rodriguez, spokesperson for District 5. They repairs were made and the lights restored Jan. 31.
The contractor "replaced the original copper wire with aluminum, hopefully making its theft less desirable," Rodriguez said.
Brasher said thefts of this type are "not a pattern" for that area, though they do happen throughout District 5, which stretches "from Clines Corners to the Four Corners." Still, Brasher asked that if someone sees a light pole base being tampered with to call the police.
"We'd like to catch these people in the act," he said.
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