Patriotic colors will light up Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge for holiday weekend

The Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven lit red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day (WTNH / Report-It / Azmyr Rosa)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven  will be lit in red, white, and blue this weekend in observation of Independence Day.

This marks the first time the recently renovated bridge will receive a full lighting, which will include the towers, anchor piers, and cable stays.  This is the first bridge in Connecticut with this type of versatile, commemorative lighting, Malloy’s office says.

 “This newly constructed bridge is a major landmark in Connecticut.  We got it done on time and on budget – and now we’re lighting it up as a new enhancement for residents.  We’re thrilled to be illuminating the bridge for the first time in red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day and the birth of our nation,” Governor Malloy said.  “I want to thank the work of the Connecticut Department of Transportation on this bridge project and all of the workers whose service on the corridor over the last several years helped deliver one of the biggest infrastructure projects in our state’s history efficiently and effectively.”

 Red, white, and blue lights will illuminate the bridge beginning at dusk during the nights of Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 2016.  Light beacons capable of projecting light nearly six miles into the clear night sky will be lit until 1 AM during those nights.

 “This signature bridge is a new source of pride for New Haven and our state, and the tens of thousands of people who drive across it every day,” Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker said.  “I am delighted that we will be able to unveil this lighting for the Fourth of July.”

Going forward, the bridge will continue to be illuminated in special colors for certain holidays.  Under current plans, the default lighting from Sept. 1 through the end of Feb. will be a clean white light, while from March 1 through Aug. 31 it will be illuminated with a light green and light blue light.

The light beacons will be shut off periodically for short durations in conformance with bird protection protocols approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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