Plans are moving forward on a new effort to keep streetlights working in Detroit.
The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit began a block-by-block review of streetlights in two Detroit neighborhoods this week as part of two pilot projects. On Thursday, PLA Executive Director will be onsite as it officially begins its work to provide street lights to the city.
It starts with two specific neighborhoods.
First on the east side in the area between Kelly and Hoover, south of 8 Mile and on the west side in the area between Fenkell, McNichols, the Southfield Road and Telegraph running east and west.
Surveying started earlier this week with crews looking at each street light in the target areas.
"Our goal is by the end of the year we will have both pilot areas up and running," said Odis Jones, Executive Director of the Public Lighting Authority.
With nearly a 100,000 street lights in Detroit you can't fix the whole city all at once.
"How do you eat an elephant, right, it's a big problem so you eat it one bite at a time," said Jones.
Plans call for mapping each streetlight in the two areas being surveyed, determining whether the light is working and if it is not working identify the exact cause of the malfunction. The information will be used to design new street lighting for both areas.
According to some estimates, fewer than half of Detroit's 88,000 streetlights are believed to work.
The Public Lighting Authority was set up earlier this year to design and implement a 3-year plan to improve Detroit's public lighting system.