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.
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Publication Date: 20 Feb 2012
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