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Crews to install new street lights along stretch of Jefferson Avenue on Detroit's east side


DETROIT — Crews plan to install new street lights along Jefferson Avenue on Detroit's east side as part of broader effort to improve lighting in the city.

Starting at Detroit's border with Grosse Pointe Park, the Public Lighting Authority says workers have begun setting the first of 454 new foundations for light poles along the major roadway. LED lights are planned from there to Interstate 375 in downtown.

The Public Lighting Authority says Jefferson Avenue has been "in the dark" for decades. Many existing lights don't work.

New poles will be installed as early as the next three to four weeks. The first section of new lights will be fully operational by the end of September and construction on the remaining phases is scheduled to be completed to I-375 by Dec. 31.

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