group gathered on the bridge early this morning for the unveiling. The sky still
dark and a distinct chill filling the air, Mayor Heartwell described the scene
that illuminated the newly painted historic walkway.
new LED light system covers all angles of the bridge, above and below, and will
become a spectacle for special occasions, and is expected to attract people
downtown on a regular basis. Heartwell referenced the investment poured into
the area, especially along the river.
"to do there"
Greg Smith works
for Michigan Lighting Systems, the company that helped with the start-up and
programming of the system.
million dollar project that included repairs to the pavement and bridge joints,
is the result of a collaborative effort where citizens were polled about
what use they envisioned for the bridge in the future.
forward, Larson is interested in seeing what the community wants to do with the
lighting system, whether they’re interested in a nightly light show, blue, red,
and gold for Griffins games, or brightening up holiday festivities.
Tonight at 9:30 pm will be the first time it will be premiered to the
"piece of infrastructure"
The project was paid for by the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority which
forked out more than 700,thousand dollars; the rest was provided by funds from Michigan’s
Department of Transportation.
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