Progress made in Detroit street light effort

(WXYZ) - The installation of the final LED street lights on Plainview Street marked a milestone in the city of Detroit’s effort to re-light neighborhoods.

“We’re going to make promises to citizens that are real and then we’re going to honor the promises we make,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.

4,600 lights have now been installed in two demonstration areas, one on the east side in northwest Detroit.

Residents told 7 Action News they like what they’ve seen.

Sot/Marie Hall (13:07:59) “You don’t have to be worried about coming in your house at nighttime because you can see better with the better lights,” said Marie Hall, a resident on Plainview.

She watched along with a few other residents as Duggan, Public Lighting Authority CEO Odis Jones, Police Chief James Craig and other officials marked the successful completion of the pilot project.

“We need to have hope that there’s still an opportunity here for us to live in this community and feel safe about where we’re living at,” said Kenneth Anderson, pastor of Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Craig said a brighter Detroit will help his officers do their job.

“Criminals don’t like light,” the chief said. “We love light because when we find those involved in criminal activity we can arrest them.”

The city’s plan meets national standards and provides overhead wiring for the lights that will burn twice as bright as those being replaced.

“We’re going to have 42,000 lights within the neighborhoods,” said Jones, “but guess what, they’re going to be working and we’re going to have the resources to maintain them.”

The lighting authority will work zip code by zip code throughout the city. Jones said the goal is to have all of the neighborhoods lit by the end of 2015.

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