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April 9, 2020

I-35W Bridge part of Thursday night’s #LightItBlue salute to healthcare providers

ST. PAUL, Minn. —The Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis will glow light blue Thursday night, April 9, to honor healthcare providers and essential workers. Other landmarks and buildings in Minnesota, and in states across the country, will also be lit blue to show support and gratitude to workers helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lightings are part of a worldwide campaign called #LightItBlue.

During the first “Light It Blue” event in the United Kingdom two weeks ago, organizers say more than 130 buildings, bridges and landmarks glowed blue. Thursday’s event will be the first in the United States, but organizers hope to encourage other “Light it Blue” tributes in the coming weeks.

The I-35W Bridge is equipped with a computerized lighting system that allows the agency to color the bridge with light in almost any color. It is often lit in various colors for significant regional, national and international events.

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