by Max Brantley
There are plans for lighting the Broadway Bridge; however I will refer you to both cities and the county on implementation and cost. It is my understanding the Department has included installation of some conduit to facilitate LEDs (at the expense of the county). But we are not otherwise involved in that effort.Gretchen Hall, director of the visitors bureau, said it would be easy to tie in an LED lighting scheme on the bridge with the existing displays, but it's not in her budget to wire the new bridge. She said the cost would be significant. Entergy contributed $2 million to the lighting on the three bridges now in place.
As for the roadway and the shared use path, BOTH of those will be illuminated with traditional street lighting. At this time, power has not been connected to the bridge.
Entergy provided the majority funding for the other three bridges, though the Broadway Bridge was not included. We want to see lights on the Broadway Bridge and we are having internal and external discussions to assess cost and to research funding sources.UPDATE FROM PULASKI COUNTY:
Currently the County does not have plans and simply does not have the funds to light the bridge. It is our understanding that the City of Little Rock is exploring ways to fund the lighting.