It Took a Football Game, But Oncor's Turned On All the Lights On Commerce Street Bridge

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Ashley Burton, an Oncor spokesperson, just called with the news: "All of those lights on the Commerce Street viaduct have been repaired and turned on.  I just spoke with someone who was out there to check last night, and they're energized and turned on."

Me too, Ashley. After all, many of those things have been out for as long as I can remember.

It took the Super Bowl to get 'em fixed, of course. Jeamy Molina, also an Oncor spokesperson, told me this morning that the energy provider's been prepping for the big game since May 2007, when it was announced Cowboys Stadium would host Super Bowl XLV.

"We have been working for the past three years to make sure everything for the Super Bowl is ready," she says. "That includes general maintenance around the stadium, around Arlington, the NFL Experience [at the Dallas Convention Center], just where any sanctioned NFL event will take place."

And it wasn't just for the the sake of keeping up appearances, she reminds: Not only did the league demand the lights get turned on (save for the 2,000 Arlington's keeping turned off intentionally); so too did the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and even the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Matter of fact, she says, Oncor will have two workers at Cowboys Stadium during the game "in case any emergencies arise," in addition to several others stationed in a mobile unit two blocks away. Hundreds more will be on call, she says.

"We've done maintenance throughout the area," she says, "making sure everything's OK and working."
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14 comments
Torrent
Torrent

... and the Dallasites rejoiced.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Oncor is actually obligated to do that at no incremental cost to the City under their franchise agreement, it's just that Suhm and Leppert choose not to hold them to their commitments (unless they have fancy out-of-town folks to impress, evidently).

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Jim is good at shedding light on the Trinity. Do you think he could train a couple of kleig lights on our Hunt-Hill Arch?

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

And that, ladies and germs, will be the single most substantial benefit to accrue from the 'Bowl. Good thing Arlington is stuck with most of the bill for it.

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

Throought? Either my English teacher should be ashamed of me or you are making up words.

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

Damn, all those north Dallas folk will think its safe to visit Oak Cliff now.

Hannibal_Lecter
Hannibal_Lecter

Just FYI, that pic is of the Houston Street viaduct, not Commerce Street.

John_McKee
John_McKee

I have a call into the city budget office but now I am really interested to know how much we are paying to Oncor to maintain street lights that it apparently takes a football game to get them to actually complete the work they are contracted for.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I'm so glad a football game is all it takes to get anything done in Texas.WWJD?

(what would Jerry do?)

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Fixeded. Very rushed this morning. Juggling many things.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Yup. Been trying to change it for an hour. But three breaking news stories all at once -- including former Chief Kunkle's decision to maybe run for mayor -- delayed that. It has since been replaced. Much obliged.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Not so fast with the change Isn't that the Morning news to the right of the bridge ?

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