DETROIT — Historically styled LED street lights have been installed in Detroit's Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
A countdown attended by Mayor Mike Duggan and neighborhood residents was held about dusk Wednesday as the 96 lights were turned on.
The Sherwood Forest Association chose the poles and provided additional funds to cover the difference between their cost and that of the standard light poles being installed in other parts of the city.
The Public Lighting Authority was authorized by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 and approved by the Detroit City Council in 2013. It's replacing lights throughout the city.
Fewer than half of the city's 88,000 streetlights were believed to be working before the efforts began.
"This is a great example of how the PLA is working with individual neighborhoods to bring modern, reliable street lighting while respecting the unique character of the community," Duggan said. "Even as they install nearly 1,000 new lights a week, the PLA has done a great job of listening and responding to the wishes of the community."
More than 30,000 lights have been installed since January. An additional 65,000 new LED lights are expected to be installed over the next two years.