10/15/2012 08:18 am ET Updated Dec 15, 2012

Bing Wants To Jump-start Lighting Plan

The city's long-term plan for fixing broken streetlights is on hold, but Mayor Dave Bing says he's continuing to press state lawmakers to help find the funding needed to keep Detroit out of the dark.

The city is encouraging residents to contact state legislators about the problem in hopes of amping up political pressure, Bing told The Detroit News during a recent interview. The goal is to resurrect a failed package of bills that would create a lighting authority that could issue up to $144 million in bonds for streetlight repairs.

"There's a lot of push right now... get the lights on, you guys (lawmakers) need to support this," Bing said. "Citizens are now in contact and writing and emailing those delegates to get this done."

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