DETROIT -

The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit says it will begin construction and installation of new street lights in two pilot areas, the first steps of the PLA's efforts to relight Detroit this Friday.

An engineering survey of the two pilot areas that was recently completed showed that nearly half the lights in both areas are not working.

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According to PLA, Executive Director Odis Jones will give details about the new design, construction and installation in the pilot areas, as well as discuss the progress, and next steps of the PLA's three-year plan to relight the entire city.

The installation of lights will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Brock and Collingham, just east of Gratiot, a couple of blocks south of Eight Mile.

The PLA was authorized by the Michigan Legislature in Dec. 2012 and approved by Detroit City Council earlier this year to design and implement a three-year plan to improve Detroit's public lighting system.

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