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DETROIT February 25, 2016– Up until recently, nearly 40 percent of Detroit’s street lights were out of service. Now IBEW members in southeast Michigan are working with the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit to bring light back to the Motor City’s streets.
After years of neglect, the city of Detroit is on a mission to modernize all of streetlights. Neighborhoods once left in the dark are now seeing the light, and its being done with the help of IBEW members. And the plan isn’t to just re-light the neighborhoods, but to make the city more energy efficient with LED bulbs.
The first stage was to re-light every residential neighborhood by the end of 2015. Now by the end of 2016, all major thoroughfares will have new lights. At the end of the project, there will be 65,000 new LED lights installed in Detroit by union electricians.