By Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The last of 65,000 new LED streetlights has been installed in Detroit as part of a nearly three-year city relighting program.

Mayor Mike Duggan, Gov. Rick Snyder and White House budget chief Shaun Donovan attended a lighting ceremony at dusk Thursday just east of the city’s downtown.

The $185 million program started in 2014. New lights were installed in city neighborhoods one year ahead of the original schedule.

Fewer than half of the city’s 88,000 streetlights were believed to be working before the efforts began. A maintenance program has been put in place that will address streetlight outages within a few days after they are reported.

The Public Lighting Authority was authorized by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 and approved by the Detroit City Council in 2013.

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