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I-74 Bridge Project: Cities Will "Light It Up"

I-74 river bridge Twitter post
I-74 River Bridge, https://twitter.com/I74RiverBridge/status/1550493046332063751/photo/1
One example of how the new bridge looks with special, decorative lighting

For the next month, Bettendorf and Moline employees will test the special lighting system on the new, I-74 bridge.

So don't be surprised if you see it lit up in red and green for Christmas, orange and purple for Halloween, or red, white, and blue for Independence Day.

WVIK News, Herb Trix
George Ryan, I-74 Bridge Project Corridor Manager talks with reporters before the westbound bridge opening. (file, Nov. 2020)

George Ryan, Corridor Manager, says the project team met with city staff on Thursday. And they seem happy with variety of colors and options the lighting system offers. It includes both static and dynamic modes. Employees received training today to run the system which features 26 different options or "scenes."

The project team notified the U.S. Coast Guard about the 30-day test period for the I-74 bridge lighting. Ryan says the Coast Guard will get feedback from barge captains to make sure they can safely navigate through the channel under the bridge during the various displays. The intensity and timing of the lighting scenes can be changed to solve any problems.

The system is completely separate from the road, traffic, and navigation lights installed for public safety.

The 30-day lighting tests will begin tonight from sunset to sunrise.

Ryan is excited, knowing that for years to come, people will enjoy the decorative, holiday and seasonal lighting on the bridge.

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