Last night the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority unveiled a dramatic new lighting system for the Peace Bridge. There were no fireworks or a grand display, but there was music synchronized to a light show on the bridge. Whether tacky or not, it was a good way to show off what the computerized software could do with the unlimited light combinations and various effects to the gathered on-lookers. A beautiful night to be in the city, and the weather held off for a great event. A media tent was set up for the ceremony – movie, and more here.
The $1.2 million system is now fully activated and will allow for unique color occurrences such as New Years, July 4th, St. Patrick’s Day, etc, as well as Bills and Sabres games along with special requests. The system will be much more energy efficient, require less maintenance, and provide for better security lighting.
“This is a 21st century transformation made possible by advanced, energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology and the federal Transportation Enhancement Program,” said Anthony Annunziata, Chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority.
Ken Shoetz, Vice-Chairman of the Authority said, “Many people know that at the turn of the last century Buffalo was known as the ‘City of Light,’ celebrating one of the first cities illuminated by hydro-electric power. The Peace Bridge Authority is pleased that over 100 years later we can deliver a project that builds on this heritage, utilizing state of the art technology and energy efficiency.”
In recognition of this nighttime signature landmark, the Authority will be conducting a photography contest for the next two months on the new bridge lighting. Details of this contest are available on the Peace Bridge website.
Cheers to all involved for bringing back a portion of “The City of Light.” Hopefully this will be a beacon for those who come to Buffalo as see that we are forwardly looking to the future, and that Western New York is capable of such signature projects. Let this not only be a beacon for visitors and residents, but for others to take notice and invest in the city with new lighting. Rand Building, top of HSBC Tower, Erie Basin, Statler (what a mess), and the skyway…You’re all next!!!
Photos: Nathan Mroz (Buffalonian4life) – BuffaloScenicPrints.com
Other photos can be viewed here by WestSideJohn.