The Town of Milton Massachusetts purchased the streetlights from Nstar electric in 2002. This purchase substantially reduced the cost of providing street lighting and improved the repair time for malfunctioning lights.
The Town owned streetlights were converted to new Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights in the fall of 2017. The new LED light fixtures are energy efficient and use less than half of the electricity than the old High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures. The annual cost of electricity was reduced to less than half as a result. The cost of the conversion was paid for in two ways. First a $230,000 one time incentive grant was given by Eversource. The remaining sum was financed with the cost of electricity savings. The Town Administrator and the warrant committee made funding available with a plan to repay the funding with savings on the cost of electricity. The funding is expected to be repaid in 3-4 years.
The Milton DPW Wire division maintains 3,300 streetlights and employs two licensed electricians. About 600 streetlights fail each year and are restored by the streetlight repair crew. The average repair time for a streetlight outage is 3-5 days, some streetlights take longer to restore depending on the repair required.
Not all streetlights within the Town of Milton are DPW maintained. Eversource maintains the streetlights owned by Mass DCR (Dept. of Conservation and Recreation) on DCR roads. The following is the list of DCR roads:
- Blue Hill Parkway
- Neponset Valley Parkway
- Green Street
- Truman Highway
- Unquity Road
- Blue Hill River Road
- The Canton end of Hillside Street
If you would like to report a malfunctioning streetlight on a DCR road please call Eversource at 1-866-663-6782.
If you would like to report a streetlight outage for Town owned streetlights you can call at 617-898-4900 or Report A Problem Online. The best location is the pole number (as shown below) with the nearest street address. Many repairs are made during the day and a good location helps speed up the repair. 1 out of 10 lights repaired fail and need a second repair, if a second repair is needed please let us know and the repair crew will return to resolve the outage.
For other streetlight issues please call 617-898-4972.