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Review: Nearly 45 percent of street lights in two areas of city not working

October 22 2013 | no comments

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A block-by-block review of street lights in two Detroit neighborhoods by the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit has found nearly 45 percent of the street lights in those areas are not working.
The survey was the first phase of two pilot projects that the authority launched as it begins its work to provide reliable street lights in the city. A total of 4,939 lights were surveyed in the two areas, with 2,211, 44.8 percent, not working.
PLA Executive Director Odis Jones said information from the review will be used to design new street lighting for both areas. He said construction and installation of the new lights will begin in early November.
Jones said the east side demonstration project, comprised of an area with boundaries of Eight Mile, Kelly Rd., Hoover and Houston Whittier, has a total of has a total of 3,194 lights, with 1,777 lights working and 1,417 not working, meaning 44.4 percent of its lights are out.
The west side demonstration project, with boundaries of McNichols on the north, Southfield Fwy. on the east, Fenkell on the south and Telegraph on the west, with a small extension in the Five Points area of the city south of McNichols and west of Telegraph, has a total of 1,745 lights, with 951 lights working and 794 not working, meaning 45.5 percent of its lights are out.
The PLA was authorized by the Michigan Legislature in December, 2012 and approved by Detroit City Council earlier this year to design and implement a three-year plan to improve Detroit’s public lighting system. The PLA is governed by a five-member board appointed by the Mayor and the City Council.

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