Blatnik Bridge to be Seen in New Light

By KBJR News 1

Blatnik Bridge to be Seen in New Light

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- By Fall of 2013, the Blatnik Bridge will have a new lighting system in place.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation presented two lighting systems for public comment, one illuminating the bridge from the inside with a wash of light, while the other lit with outline-style, down-lighting.

Overwhelmingly, the comments preferred the illuminated design, which will feature fixtures that cast light off the interior of the structure.

"The illuminated design has many advantages over the other design," said Daniel Erickson, MnDOT project manager.

Some of those advantages include: 35% energy savings, reduced number of fixtures and smaller distribution center, easier maintenance access to all fixtures, reduced glare for motorists, increased protection from snow and roadway salt spray, and more.

The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation will each pay half of the estimated 1.2$ million total cost to install the new lighting system.

Final design work on the new lighting systen will begin in a few weeks and be complete in January 2013.

Construction will take place in summer 2013, and the system will be operational in fall 2013.