Mar. 16, 2009 at 2:00am
From my "in" box:
The last thing we need is for some R from the other side of the bridge to rain on our parade. Lighting up the bridge is the single most important thing we can do to enhance one of the few icons we have.
Here is the target: http://www1.leg.wa.gov/house/angel/ - let her know we want light.
People, We are getting hammered in the Gateway. http://www.gateline.com/opinion/story/3693.html
We need as many people, especially that live on the GH side of the bridge to write to the Gateway ASAP and tell them what you think about our project. We also understand that the newly elected Jan Angel may lead a charge in the next several days to take back our funds. She is at Angel.Jan@leg.wa.gov also Seaquist.Larry@leg.wa.gov needs some bolstering.
After all this time and effort, our rug may be pulled. Please emphasize that the lights would be a draw to our area, bringing in much needed funds to our business' and having visitors pay the tolls on the bridge. That the tolls are not affected by this project, we would put people to work right now, buying product from local business, using local labor while creating pride in our community. Any other reason you can use in your own words is sorely needed.
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by Erik on 3/16/2009 @ 12:54am
|I thought the funding for lighting the bridge was a done deal.
Thanks for the heads up!
by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2009 @ 2:13am
|It is moving forward and there are a few loud voices calling to lynch in that paper. In fact, NarrowsBridgeLights.org is a non-profit and stands to gain exactly nothing from the funds except giving the people beautifully lit local icons. That $1.5 million will go directly into our economy because it's a local project hiring local people at fair wages to do the work.|
Along with that, when our group was there gathering feedback during the bridge opening we received over 1500 comments and all but 5 were in support of lighting the bridges with the gleaming, subtle (not glaring) lights we've found.
We're moving forward and can't wait to show everyone locally and the world over just how stunning our Narrows bridges are.
by Erik on 3/16/2009 @ 8:15am
|I agree that lighting the bridge will create a world wide iconic display for a song.|
by Nick on 3/16/2009 @ 9:47am
|I'm so excited about this - glad to hear it's still moving forward. This will really put our region on the map, bringing emphasis to one of our state's greatest engineering accomplishments.|
That being said, I'll be writing in to the naysayers to -diplomatically- express my support for this project.
by L.S.Erhardt on 3/16/2009 @ 8:38pm
|There are always NIMBYs... even for tastefully lighting up a ginormous pair of suspension bridges.
Why do people have to be so wierd sometimes? We need to light those suckers up!
...the bridges, that is. Although lighting up the NIMBYs might be interesting
by fredo on 3/16/2009 @ 9:36pm
|The lights will be pretty but it's OK to want a dark night sky.|
by KevinFreitas on 3/17/2009 @ 3:01am
|The LEDs are a completely different breed of light that won't contribute to light pollution at all like the fluorescent ones up during the construction. Take this from a guy with an 8" 'scope he likes to get out once in a while. Plus, we'll have them mostly pointed down and away from the bridge deck -- so not at the sky and not directly at the drivers crossing it.|
From the distance and close range tests we've conducted, trust me, they're beautiful.
Stuff on my brain.