Public Lighting Authority Installs More Street Lights in Detroit


DETROIT — The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit is nearly two-thirds completed with installing new LED street lights in two areas in Detroit with more than 3,200 lights up and working. 

The lights are being installed two areas the organization designated last year to begin the relighting of the city. The east side area has boundaries of Eight Mile, Kelly Road., Hoover and Houston Whittier.  The west side project has boundaries of McNichols on the north, Southfield Road. on the east, Fenkell on the south and the city boundary on the west.

“In spite of sometimes serious weather challenges that  have interfered with the work at various times, our crews have been moving steadily since we put up the first LED light in the middle of February,” said Odis Jones, executive producer.  “We are on track to complete the installation of overhead wired lights in these two areas by the end of April and to extend the work into other neighborhoods.”

 When the relighting of the two areas is completed, the organization will take over responsibility for maintaining the lights in the areas, with a goal of fixing any broken light within five days of it being reported. At that time, residents in both areas will receive contact information to report any damages, outages or issues with the lights.

Mayor Mike Duggan said the steady progress of installation “is welcome news to Detroiters who have waited far too long for reliable street lights. The fact that these are all LED lights means our citizens will enjoy the benefits of up-to-date technology that will serve our City well for the foreseeable future.”

The lights are the first of some 50,000 new LED streetlights that will be installed throughout the City before the end of 2015.