Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Street lights expected to be fixed in 3 to 4 weeks

A stretch of Northwest 183rd Street in Miami Gardens that has been without street lights for weeks should be lit up again in about a month.

City Manager Cameron Benson said the nonfunctional street lights along 183rd Street from 37th Avenue to Second Avenue should be back on in about three or four weeks.

He said the city has been working with Miami-Dade County’s public works department to resolve the issue, but the exact cause of the outages has not been determined.

“There have been incidents of people being around the light poles and tearing the copper out,” Benson said.

Residents like Anna Jackson, who lives off 183rd Street, said the reason for the outages doesn’t matter — she just want to feel safer at night.

“My only concern is that it’s very dark on the street headed into my yard,” Jackson said.

Benson said that while the lights are being fixed, the city will continue to step up police presence, particularly after sundown.