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Tampa woman fighting for streetlights on dark street

ABC Action News goes to TECO for help
Posted at 4:18 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 18:30:25-05

A woman fighting to get new street lights installed on what she calls a dark and dangerous street will now get them after contacting ABC Action News.

Dianne Beeson, who lives near the intersection of Morris Bridge and Davis Roads in Tampa came to ABC Action News back in February.

"t's been a two year battle," Beeson said. "I mean, I've called the city, the county."

Beeson said the intersection is pitch black at night when she is walking her dogs and depending on the time of year, when kids are walking to school.

She says the turn is already very dangerous as there is a sharp curve from Morris Bridge onto Davis Road.

"Without lighting, it's even worse because someone is going to get hurt," she said.

ABC Action News contacted Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and Tampa Electric (TECO) for answers.

TECO now says they have a permit for the project and will be installing a total of seven new power poles at both the intersection of Morris Bridge and Davis Roads and Davis Road and McRae.

Poles will be installed starting November 27, said Cherie Jacobs, TECO spokesperson.

Lights will be installed shortly after and the whole project should be complete by early December, Jacobs said.