DETROIT (WWJ) — DTE Energy is continuing its street light improvement program in its Southeast Michigan service area by installing 40 energy-efficient LED lights along one of Hamtramck’s major thoroughfares.

The work along Joseph Campau is part of a $4 million investment to improve street lighting service in many communities this year. The Hamtramck project cost is nearly $170,000.

DTE Energy will upgrade the older street lights that are energized by “series circuits.” These streetlights pose problems because when one light goes out, other lights on the circuit can be affected. The upgrades — to LED from mercury vapor — will ensure that when there is a problem with one street light, other lights on the circuit will continue to operate. The city expects to save nearly $16,000 in energy costs annually.

To complete each phase of the project safely, DTE Energy will shut off power to impacted street lighting circuits for 30 to 40 days. Signs will be posted on street lights that are affected by the upgrade work, and door hangers will be left at area homes and businesses to notify them that work is being done.

As work on each circuit is completed, street lights will be restored as quickly as possible to lessen the impact on the community. In Hamtramck, the work along Joseph Campau will be from Holbrook to Danforth, and from Pulaski to Caniff.

Go to for project status reports.

Anyone with questions regarding the project can contact DTE Energy’s Community Lighting department at (800) 548-4655.


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