Questions and answers

1. What is a public-private partnership?

P3 is shorthand for public-private partnership. The term "P3 project" is used to describe a legally binding contractual agreement between a public-sector body, such as a government agency, and a private-sector body, such as a business. The public-sector body typically oversees the P3 project throughout its life cycle, while the private-sector body is responsible for commercial activities, including construction, finance and everyday operations.

2. How does it benefit the public?

P3 projects allow both the public and private-sectors to do what they do best. This, in turn, increases the cost-effectiveness of projects, improves budget certainty at least as far as the government is concerned and makes better use of resources. The private-sector is renowned for its experience, flexibility and innovation as well as its desire to exploit commercial opportunities and maximize return on investment so a P3 project typically results in higher levels of service for the public sector, at a cost that is not only lower, but also more predictable.

3. Who are the partners in this project?

Star America, a limited liability company, is the Project Company/Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Aldridge Electric is the Design and Construction (D&C) contractor and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) local partner for the project. Parson Brinckerhoff is the design contractor for the project. Engie Services is responsible for performance of the O&M agreement and for asset management during the term of the project.

4. How many lights will be replaced?

System contains a total of approximately 14,870 lamps of which: 9,861 are high‐pressure sodium (HPS) lamps; 2,776 are high‐mast metal halide lamps; 1,971 are light emitting diode (LED) lamps including temporary installations; and 262 are fluorescent and inductance lamps.

5. What kind of lighting will replace what’s already there and what are the benefits?

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) will replace the approximately 14,870 lamps of which are high‐pressure sodium (HPS) lamps and high‐mast metal halide lamps. Chief among the advantages of LEDs is that they have extremely long lives -- they don't have filaments that can quickly burn out, LED lights can last up to 100,000 hours and also have reduced maintenance costs because of their long lives. LEDs are highly energy efficient and actually have double their energy efficiency.

6. Where will the lights be replaced?

Detroit Metro Regions freeways and tunnel systems located in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Saint Clair Counties.

7. Will there be traffic closures related to the project?

Yes, over the 15 year term of the Project there will be lane closures; these will be updated weekly and can be viewed on our Current Work Zones In Your County Page here.

8. How long will the project take? When and where will it start?

15 Years (including 2 years of construction) Construction starts November 24th, 2015 and will take place throughout the Detroit Mero region.

9. More questions?

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