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Sept. 10, 2012



MnDOT District 1
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New lighting design selected for Blatnik Bridge


DULUTH, Minn. — The Blatnik Bridge will have a new lighting system in place by fall 2013.


Two systems were available for public comment until Sept. 4—one illuminating the bridge from the inside with a wash of light and the other lit with outline-style, down-lighting.


Public comments overwhelmingly preferred the illuminated design, which will feature strategically-placed 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. “It will be a great look for this landmark bridge, and I appreciate the public’s input to help us choose the final design.”


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


Final design work on the new lighting system 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.


Illuminated design features:


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