IWay Bridge Lighting


This week we saw hints of what the completed IWay bridge lighting will look like. This doesn’t appear to be the complete picture, since, in this shot, the tower structures are not lit, and if you look carefully, you’ll notice that only the northern half of the bridge has its decorative lighting turned on.

I think the lighting looks great, but WOW is it bright! You could see the beams of light in the sky above the bridge for some distance. I can only imagine the wash of light that will be cast when both sides are lit.

It certainly will be quite a beacon. When there is a festivity and they setup search lights to aim at the sky, it does create a sense of “OOh, whats going on over there?”. When this thing goes full intensity, I think it may create that same sense of wonder and draw.

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5 Responses to IWay Bridge Lighting

  1. Bret Ancowitz December 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    I was disappointed to see the IWay bridge lighting was off last night… Was the initial lighting just a trial run?

  2. Matthew Coolidge December 11, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Good question, Bret. I forwarded the question to DOT to see if I could get some answers, here was the response:

    “At this time I do not have a timetable for when the bridge will be lit on a regular basis. Yes, the recent lightings have been test runs to “burn in” the lamps. Additional electrical work remains on the south side of the bridge and decorative pylons. As we head into winter, adverse weather becomes a major factor in the progress of work in the field.”

  3. Jef Nickerson December 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    Yay, the bridge was lit last night and it looked sweet!

  4. Jim December 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    I find it deeply troubling that no one in our cash-strapped state is at all concerned about the monumental waste of energy this is. I can read a newspaper on my front step by the glow in the clouds from 5 miles away.

  5. Greg January 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Yeah… that bridge is an environmental nightmare. The bridge is lit up by horizontal floodlights that leave a big white stain on the clouds that can be seen from my house (in the East Providence/Seekonk line). I have to say it looks cool, but the light pollution given off by it probably will confuse a big swath of Canadian Geese (though maybe that isn’t such a bad thing, they might actually go away.)

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