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DTE Energy to upgrade street lighting in Dearborn

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

The work is part of DTE Energy’s $4 million investment to improve street lighting service in many communities this year. The Dearborn project work will begin today and reach completion by this fall. The project involves these streets:

  • Military from Michigan Avenue to Beech
  • Mason from Conrail tracks to Monroe
  • Oakman Boulevard from Michigan to Ford Road and from Warren to Tireman
  • Schaefer from Colson to Ford Road
  • Esper from Warren to Tireman
  • Littlefield from Warren to Tireman
  • Miller from Michigan to Alber
  • Michigan Avenue east of Miller Road
  • Middlebury and Midland streets, and the cul-de-sacs between them

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 200 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 $34,000 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