Thursday, November 5, 2020

Street lighting ‘enhancement’ OK’d for Norwayne

Things are about to get much brighter in the Historic Norwayne District in Westland.

Last week, members of the city council approved a $27,642 contract with DTE Energy for a street lighting enhancement project in the area.

Funding for the improvements will come through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation.

The project is designed to enhance safety and visibility along Dorsey Road and Grand Traverse and will consist of the addition of six light poles at Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center and the upgrading 18 light fixtures along Grand Traverse. Additionally, two new light poles at Venoy and Grand Traverse and Lincoln-Johnson Field will be installed, according to city officials. 

Constructed in 1942, the Norwayne neighborhood is the oldest Westland subdivision. The area was added to the National Registry of Historic places in July of 2013. Erected during World War II for the workers at the Willow Run Bomber Plant and during the war was home to more than 20,000 residents. 

“Westland continues to improve safety conditions for motorists and pedestrians who use the city's thoroughfares with LED streetlights,” commented Mayor William R. Wild. “These lights use less energy yet provide for enhanced visibility, allowing us to continue to support and practice responsible environmental sustainability.” 

The project is expected to be completed by the end of January 2021.