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The bridge over State Road 46 has been dark for nearly eight years after the lights which originally illuminated it were vandalized. That is expected to change by the end of this year.
City Engineer David Hayward says last minute details are being finalized to light up the bridge once again.
“The holdup at this point is we’re waiting on a couple of permits from a couple of agencies that need to approve this,” he says. “And as soon as we get that which we both of them just any day, we’ll be able to get the contractor a notice proceed, and we’ll be able to determine what the completion date will be at that point.”
Originally, it took 50 lights to illuminate the bridge. But those were conventional bulbs. The new design requires just 12 lights outfitted with more efficient LEDs. Hayward says that will bring the the annual cost for running the lights down significantly.
“Annually it’s expected to cost less than $200 a year for the electricity to light that bridge,” he says. “That’s less than a fourth of what it cost previously per month.”
Even after the decorative lights went dark, the bridge retained its street lights to ensure the safety of drivers. The new lights will be located along a sidewalk under the bridge and will have the ability to change colors.