Aerial Lift Bridge May be Lit to Support Charitable Causes

By KBJR News 1

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- You can expect to see Duluth's aerial lift bridge glowing with different colors in the future.

The Duluth city Council passed a resolution Monday that will allow groups to bathe the bridge in color to support charitable causes on a case by case basis.

Organizations will need to submit request to the city at least thirty days in advance and any lighting work will have to be done by lighting professionals.

Both parties will need to sign an agreement accepting city indemnification and insurance to cover the cities liability of the bridge during the time of the light display.

City officials say the bridge is foremost a piece of working equipment vital to the local shipping industry, and the lighting is necessary for the safety of people, vehicles and vessels.

"Any proposal has to have written permission by the by the Army Corps and the Coast Guard,” Daniel Fanning, Community Relations Officer said. “Essentially that just lets them know what they are going to do. For the most part that shouldn't be a problem. There might be certain times that there is heavy ship traffic, they might not want this. Most of these organizations are looking for night events, so they are looking at less shipping at this time."

In October, the American Cancer Society turned the aerial lift bridge pink to raise support for an approaching 5K walk called Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

The American Heart Association has made a request to bathe the bridge with red light for the "Go Red for Women” campaign in February.

City officials are also willing to review requests to change the lighting scheme on Enger Tower, which has a lighting system designed to easily handle such requests.