The Public Lighting Authority (PLA) is leading a three-year program to rebuild the City of Detroit’s streetlighting infrastructure. The program is on track to restore 65,000 streetlights with new, energy-efficient LED lights by the end of 2016. Restoration efforts in Indian Village, one of the City’s oldest historic neighborhoods, have been honored by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority with a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Undertaken as a collaboration between the PLA and the Indian Village Historical Collection, the project involved disassembling and restoring 57 early 20th century streetlights, and reinstalling them on updated underground infrastructure.

Wade Trim is providing engineering design services for the overall streetlighting rehabilitation program as part of a Joint Venture with Consulting Engineering Associates. Our primary responsibilities have included pole inspections, traffic engineering, project scheduling and Geographic Information System development. Improvements have been designed for more than 3,000 light poles in downtown Detroit, the Woodward Avenue corridor, and the Boston Edison and Indian Village neighborhoods.