Broadway Bridge ceremony set Thursday; so what about lights? | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Broadway Bridge ceremony set Thursday; so what about lights?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 7:43 AM

click to enlarge COMPANY COMING? Will existing Arkansas River bridge light shows be joined by complementary lighting on the new Broadway Bridge? Good question. - LITTLEROCK.COM
  • littlerock.com
  • COMPANY COMING? Will existing Arkansas River bridge light shows be joined by complementary lighting on the new Broadway Bridge? Good question.
The Broadway Bridge, if not all its connecting ramps, is open and the highway department has announced a dedication ceremony for 4 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Dickey-Stephens Stadium in North Little Rock, a few hours before the first Arkansas Travelers game of the season.

So then, several have asked: Will the new bridge — with the $20 million add-on of arches to dress up its look — have lighting commensurate with the three bridges downriver that have become a popular light show controlled by the Little Rock Conventions and Visitors Bureau?

Answer: Good question.

Said a highway department spokesman:

There are plans for lighting the Broadway Bridge; however I will refer you to both cities and the county on implementation and cost. It is my understanding the Department has included installation of some conduit to facilitate LEDs (at the expense of the county). But we are not otherwise involved in that effort.

As for the roadway and the shared use path, BOTH of those will be illuminated with traditional street lighting. At this time, power has not been connected to the bridge.
Gretchen Hall, director of the visitors bureau, said it would be easy to tie in an LED lighting scheme on the bridge with the existing displays, but it's not in her budget to wire the new bridge. She said the cost would be significant. Entergy contributed $2 million to the lighting on the three bridges now in place.

An Entergy spokesman said: "There are no plans that I’m aware of to add lights at this point. We helped fund the installation but the city maintains them. Have you checked with the city?"

A city of Little Rock spokesman said: "I’m working on the answer. I or someone higher up will get back to you soon?"

I also sought a comment from County Judge Barry Hyde. I was promised a followup.

I guess I haven't shed much light.

UPDATE FROM CITY OF LR:

Entergy provided the majority funding for the other three bridges, though the Broadway Bridge was not included. We want to see lights on the Broadway Bridge and we are having internal and external discussions to assess cost and to research funding sources.
UPDATE FROM PULASKI COUNTY:

Currently the County does not have plans and simply does not have the funds to light the bridge. It is our understanding that the City of Little Rock is exploring ways to fund the lighting.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • An Arkansan sees Sarah. Detects True Grit.

    Kyle Brazzel, a former Arkie writer who now lives in Brooklyn, beholds White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an article in The Awl. He finds Mattie Ross and a little True Grit. Her mother's daughter, too.
    • Jul 27, 2017
  • Trump voter panel renews request for information

    The hotly controversial request for voter information from an ad hoc panel working for Donald Trump has been renewed. No word yet if Arkansas will again be among the first to comply.
    • Jul 27, 2017
  • Boy Scout executive posts 'apology' for Trump's political remarks at jamboree

    Mike Surbaugh, the chief executive of Boy Scouts of America, has posted a letter of apologize on the group's Facebook page for the political tenor of Donald Trump's remarks earlier this week at the National Jamboree.
    • Jul 27, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore remembers Dale Bumpers

    Former Vice President Al Gore, a former U.S. Senate colleague of Dale Bumpers, sent a statement on Bumpers' death Friday:
    • Jan 3, 2016
  • The two cities of Little Rock: East/west, black/white

    The Little Rock City Board illustrated this week a community divided over public schools, another blow to the Little Rock School District and another illustration of the need for ward elections to the board.
    • Mar 23, 2017
  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation