Trail lights to be turned off after 11 p.m.

Just six months after announcing that the lights on the city’s trail system would remain lit all night, city staff has decided to turn them back off in order to save money.

Besides calling for a day of unpaid leave for city employees, Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s plan to reduce shortfalls in the city’s budget will also require trail lighting timers to be changed to de-energize or turn off the lights from 11:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. beginning Monday, May 3.

Exceptions to the change will include the Fulbright Expressway tunnel, which remains illuminated 24 hours a day, and the tunnel at Gordon Long Park where Scull Creek Trail passes under Gregg Street, which will continue its regular lighting schedule.