In the mid-1970’s, the railroad abandoned the “Blue Bridge.” More than a decade later the bridge was renovated, the rails replaced with a pedestrian deck and the bridge painted a blue primer coat.
“I was able to find any reference to what that finish coat color was going to be.”
Rhonda Baker is the city’s Historic Preservation Specialist.
“So it stayed blue.”
Baker and other historians suspect the metal truss bridge constructed in 1892 was painted black. Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority is in charge of renovating the bridge. It wants to know if the “Blue Bridge” should remain blue?
“Obviously different colors mean different things to different people and everybody here has a reason for their color.”
Tony Kuhtz with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, is in charge of the work.
‘We might need to think about how the color of the bridge impacts the lighting that we’re going to put on the bridge.”
And a lighter color reflects more light. Now, the discussion was less about color.
“Obviously, we’ve all seen LED, color changing LED, and a lot of different things you can do with lighting today.”
The potential to install an LED system with the ability to change color schemes for special events and occasions. Of the 22 residents, business professionals and artists who shared their ideas, 91 percent favored the color blue. Red and bronze received one vote each. Most noted, it’s a city landmark that’s already been identified by its color, blue.
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