Tuesday, February 21, 2012

US - Lights out for the Blatnik Bridge? - Corrosion is threatening the scenic lighting and paving the way for darkness

The iconic lights that outline the Blatnik Bridge linking Duluth and Superior will go dark and come down later this year during maintenance on the bridge. Whether they return when the work is complete in 2013 is up in the air.

Corroded, in the way and “failing at an alarming rate,” the more than 200 decorative lights and their wiring have to be removed as part of a $12 million, two-year maintenance project on the bridge that’s slated to start in May, said Beth Petrowske, public affairs coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Duluth. “Our challenge is that the price tag to replace them is really substantial. The funding has to come from somewhere.”

Putting the lights back up and replacing the wiring is estimated to cost $1.2 million. “The lights are exposed to the harshest environmental conditions that there can be: rain, wind, snow, salt that can cause corrosion … vibrations from heavy trucks. It’s pretty intensive maintenance,” Tardy said.


Article Source: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/223396/
Publication Date: 20 Feb 2012

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