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DTE Energy to upgrade street lighting in Fraser

DETROIT – DTE Energy is continuing its street light improvement program in its Southeast Michigan service area by installing energy-efficient lights in Fraser.

The work is part of DTE Energy’s $4 million investment to improve street lighting service in many communities this year. The Fraser project work, on Utica Road between 14 Mile and Masonic Boulevard, will begin next week and reach completion by mid-August.

DTE Energy will upgrade the older street lights that are energized by “series circuits.” These streetlights pose problems because when one light goes out, other lights on the circuit can be affected.  The upgrades – more than 20 new LED lights -- will ensure that when there is a problem with one street light, other lights on the circuit will continue to operate. The city is expected to save approximately $5,000 annually.

To complete each phase of the project safely, DTE Energy will shut off power to impacted street lighting circuits for 30 to 40 days.  Signs will be posted on street lights that are affected by the upgrade work, and door hangers will be left at area homes and businesses to notify them that work is being done.

As work on each circuit is completed, street lights will be restored as quickly as possible to lessen the impact on the community.

DTE Energy workers will not need access to homes, but some digging may be necessary in DTE’s rights-of-way. Anyone with questions regarding the project may contact DTE Energy’s Community Lighting department at (800) 548-4655 or visit dteenergy.com/lights for project status updates.

For further information, members of the media may call:

Scott Simons or Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, (313) 235-5555