A Detroit traffic signal that was out of order for about a month has been restored at the corner of Lafayette and Third.
The fix came Monday evening, the same day Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin wrote about the outage that concerned him and his fellow employees who work in the building next to the intersection, which houses The News, Free Press and the Detroit Media Partnership.
The problem was an underground cable issue, said Beau Taylor, interim director of the city’s lighting department. Taylor said sometimes hearing from citizens — or in this case, a columnist — is the first time they hear of lighting outages.
“We welcome people calling us and letting us know when lights are out,” he said.
Taylor said the city brought on about 10 contract workers this week and that other areas of the city soon will see restored street and traffic lights. Another six or seven contractors are expected to start next week.
“We realize we haven’t done a good enough job,” Taylor said. “We needed more resources. We brought on people. These issues should be less and less prevalent.”