State officials on Monday touted a public-private program that has installed thousands of brighter LED lights on Metro Detroit freeways that they say save money, promote safety and reduce energy use. The new lights are expected to last longer, shine brighter and are easier to install.
Brian Calley made the announcement in connection with DTE Energy Co. Officials said nearly 13,000 new LED lights have replaced older high pressure sodium, metal halide and mercury vapor fixtures.
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Referencing a recent satellite picture of the metro region, Calley said the difference in “the brightness of the city of Detroit” is palpable and “quite stunning.”“On top of the higher operational success, we get brighter streets and much more efficient lighting,” said Calley after the briefing. There were a lot of places where the wiring was gone, there are many poles themselves that were just too far gone to save and had to be replaced.”Irene Dimitry, a DTE vice president in charge of business planning and development, said the energy efficiency is critical to making the highways brighter and saving money.
She presented a $1 million rebate check to MDOT.“More importantly, safer brighter lights (mean) safer freeways for Michigan citizens,” Dimitry said.
”The girl looks back and keeps walking, the video shows."She didn't have (a) care in the world," said Juan Coronado, the man who recorded the video.
The person holding the camera yells, “Get off the freeway!
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State officials said only 70 percent of the freeway lights in Metro Detroit were operational in 2015 but will reach 100 percent by year’s end.
There are roughly 2,000 lights to be replaced.“You can see the difference,” said Steudle, mentioning the color is whiter and brighter on freeways that now feature LED lighting rather than an orange-tinge color of the old lights.
Dane Mc Guckin said this type of behaviour happens often on Edmonton roads.“It’s not just on the long weekends when you have the increased traffic volumes,” he said.