Downtown Detroit streets get state of the art lighting system

Posted at 6:26 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 18:27:04-04

A massive upgrade of downtown Detroit street lights means a new state of the art system for the Motor City.

In the meantime, there's a creative solution to keeping the lights on.

Detroit's first focus was on improving street lighting in the neighborhoods, then the focus shifted towards downtown as part of the city's comeback.

The lighting project downtown involves installing more than 2,300 new bulbs and in some cases polls.

New LED bulbs will save money and also be more energy efficient. We're told they'll use 1/4 of the voltage of a regular light.

While an entire underground system is replaced, the Detroit Public Lighting Authority has temporarily use 130 portable lighting towers that were rented for the cost of $1,000 a month.

The $185 million revamp is expected to be complete by the end of the year.