Arlington County is implementing innovative streetlight technology with maintainable infrastructure to promote a safe and sustainable community. The Transportation Engineering and Operations Bureau is responsible for 19,000 streetlights throughout the County. We maintain 7,000 of those streetlights, with the remainder serviced by Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) or Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
- If the streetlight is identified as not being serviced by Arlington, we’ll report to DVP or VDOT who will then independently investigate and repair the problem per its schedule.
- Minor repair such as bulb, fuse and head replacements typically take two to three weeks for repair if properly reported with address and pole number.
- Major repair such as conductor replacement or underground utility work may take 45 days or longer.
Arlington is unveiling the latest state-of-the-art, intelligent, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlight and signal technology. These LEDs modernize the network, reduce overall costs and minimize the environmental impact. We began converting traffic signals to LED technology in the mid-2000s. In 2010, we began upgrading streetlights along both residential streets and major corridors. As of July 2016, approximately 6,000 (85 percent) of the County’s 7,000 lights have been converted to LEDs.
New Streetlight Request
There are several reasons that warrant new streetlight installation:
- Community or safety needs
- Lack of proper lighting
- Improving existing lighting
- Replacing existing pole-mounted lights
You can make a request by calling the streetlight and traffic signal hotline at 703-228-6511. We’ll need the following information:
- Location for requested light(s)
- Phone numbers (daytime and evening)
- Reason for requesting streetlight(s)
- Notification of existing streetlights in the area