Officials to celebrate Detroit’s ‘relighting’ Thursday

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Detroit — The city is lit back up on time and under budget, according to the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit.

The entity launched in 2013 to design and implement a three-year plan to get Detroit’s public lighting system back up and running will celebrate Thursday the installation of 65,000 streetlights.

The work took three years. Older and out-of-service lights have been replaced with LED fixtures that are brighter and more energy efficient, according to the lighting authority.

When the lighting authority started its work, over 40 percent of the city’s streetlights didn’t work.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, representatives from the lighting authority, city officials and Shaun Donovan, the director of the federal office of management and budget, will celebrate the milestone at 4 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Riopelle and Atwater downtown.

The authority is governed by a five-member board appointed by the mayor and City Council.

In 2013, when the project was in its infancy, officials said it would take $160 million to complete.

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