DETROIT -

A stretch of West Vernor Highway in Southwest Detroit will soon be a lot brighter.

The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to kick off a new project that will replace streetlights along 2.3 miles of W. Vernor Highway.

The $6.4 million infrastructure project will replace nearly 200 streetlights from Clark to Woodmere Street. West Vernor will see new light poles with LED lamps, sidewalks, curbs and landscape beds.

Construction will be done two blocks at a time, moving west to east, starting on the south side of Vernor and Woodmere. Each segment will take about six weeks with a target end date of November 2014.

Local community and business leaders will join SDBA, a nonprofit organization, in the ceremony. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will be held directly outside the Center of Music and Performing Arts (8701 W. Vernor Highway).