Copper Thieves Target Metering Lights, Add To Bay Area Gridlock

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.

But copper thieves are a hidden culprit in the commuting mess.

They tear out copper wiring powering metering lights, traffic signals and freeway electronic signs.

59 meters have been vandalized in the bay area in the past year.

San Jose Copper Thieves Targeting Freeway Metering Lights

The California Department of Transportation has replaced wiring for 18 of those meters at a typical cost of $35,000 each.

And it can take up to four months to make repairs.

Copper can fetch up to $4 a pound at recycling facilities.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?

Listen Live