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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 agency 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 (now WSP) 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. What was the old lighting system like?

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

5. What kind of lighting replaced what was there there and what are the benefits?

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) were used to replace the old lighting. 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 will also reduce maintenance costs because of their long lives.

6. Where were the lights replaced?

Lights were replace on Detroit Metro regions freeways and tunnel systems located in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Saint Clair counties. Click here to see the freeway lighting map.

7. How long will the P3 be in effect?

The P3 started with the two-year D&C phase in August 2015. This first phase was completed in August 2017 with the installation of over 13,000 new LEDs in the project area. The project is now in the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase which will last for 13 years until August 2030. During this phase, the P3 partners will operate and maintain the system.

8. If I see a light out along one of the areas shown on the freeway map, how can I report it?

First, click here to check the FLP map to make sure the outage you want to report is in the FLP area. If it is, then follow the link to the outage report for here.

9. More questions?

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