Post Content

Zakim Bridge, New Blue Lighting, December 14, 2012MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey today celebrated the relighting of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge with local officials, community leaders, the Zakim family and The Lenny Zakim Fund.

“Since construction, this bridge has served as a symbol for the Commonwealth,” said Secretary Davey. “Today, we renew our belief that a bridge can be more than a symbol. It can help build community. This new color technology will allow us to promote, engage and inform our community in a sustainable way.”

The $150,000 investment allows MassDOT to light the bridge towers in a more dramatic blue.  The technology also lets MassDOT create custom colors remotely, with the push of a button, with zero impact to traffic in order to participate in charity lightings and special events.  In the past, any color adjustment required a pre-planned lane closure and manual filter changes on metal halide lights.

In keeping with its GreenDOT policy, MassDOT is reducing energy consumption by approximately 80 percent with the installation of this dynamic LED lighting solution, made up of 16 fixtures.

The LED lighting solution from Burlington-based Philips Color Kinetics uses high-bandwidth, bi-directional, Ethernet speed data transmission to enable the full range of dynamic, color-changing effects. The new system uses the bridge’s existing electrical infrastructure, avoiding costly and disruptive electrical rewiring.

MassDOT Highway District 6 staffers worked beneath the bridge stringing more than a mile of new cable, installing lights, receivers and the final glare shields before aiming the lights with architect Miguel Rosales to prepare for today’s reveal.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Travel Safely for Thanksgiving! posted on Nov 24

Travel Safely for Thanksgiving!

MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead with high traffic volume on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected again this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on the Sunday after the holiday.  Heavy traffic congestion   …Continue Reading Travel Safely for Thanksgiving!

Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set posted on Nov 23

Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project as follows: Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Basketball Hall of Fame, Theater, 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield Please join MassDOT for an update on the major construction and   …Continue Reading Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set

Whittier Bridge Project Inspires Next Generation of Bridge Enthusiasts posted on Nov 21

Whittier Bridge Project Inspires Next Generation of Bridge Enthusiasts

Drivers who frequent Interstate 95 aren’t the only ones interested in construction on the Whittier Bridge. In late October, a younger audience, one without drivers’ licenses or cars of their own, received an insider’s tour of the new Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River near   …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge Project Inspires Next Generation of Bridge Enthusiasts