This Wednesday, May 13th, at 9:45, we'll get to see the results of what we're told was more than a $1 Million effort to relight the Peace Bridge, followed by a 10PM light show.
The Peace Bridge Authority has replaced the old lighting with a new, environmentally friendly led system, and though we'll just have to wait and see, we weren't happy with the first glimpse we got a few weeks back when we just happened to be driving down the I-190 as they were presumably testing the new lights.
Thinking we were having a freak-out flashback (to our disco days), the bridge was flashing red, white and blue lights. Our first thought was one of disappointment; we were hoping for something closer to a graceful Arc de Triomphe type lighting, but then we eschew things like the Disney World Parade and generally don't appreciate flashing lights on our Christmas trees, or in our rear view mirror. We like lights best when they stay still (unless they are fireworks).
Let's hope the bridge stays gently lit most of the time. Regardless of its Parker truss, the lower part of the bridge is really quite beautiful in our opinion, but as with our feelings about flashing lights, we realize taste is purely subjective.
Gather on the American side at the R. F. Wilson parking lot on Busti Avenue (at Niagara St.). It's sure to be a thriller.