DETROIT (WWJ) – New street lights will soon begin to brighten downtown Detroit.

Malik Goodwin with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation told WWJ Newsradio 950 about a dozen areas downtown will be illuminated by the newer, more energy efficient lamps which will provide the city significant savings.

“We are planning to install what are called LED street lights,” Goodwin said.

“They are highly efficient; they lower energy consumption and we estimate that the city will see between 30-to-40 percent energy savings as a result of installing these new street lights.”

The project began last month and will be completed by spring of next year. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.3 million.

This fix comes as the Detroit City Council has been discussing the ongoing problems in Detroit Public Lighiting. The city’s chronic blackouts have convinced some that privatizing the system is the best longterm plan.

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