2 years ago by Bob Gough
$685,000 project has been in the works for years
The City of Quincy’s Finance Committee will recommend to the full City Council a resolution to spend an estimated $685,000 to light the Bayview Bridge.
The City of Quincy received a $500,000 federal grant in 2005 for the project, but needed to provide a 20 percent match to tap into the funds.
Quincy Mayor John Spring and City Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks have secured $193,500 in private funding from 22 businesses and organizations in the community.
Sparks said the bridge lights will change colors for different occasions such as pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or multiple colors like red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.
The bridge lighting was first proposed by the late Joe Bonansinga in 1995, saying it would serve as a tourist attraction. Bridges at Burlington and Alton have similar lighting.
The cost to light the bridge using LED lighting is about $3,000 annually with the lights being on from dusk to dawn. The Great River Economic Development Foundation has pledged to pay for the lighting for the first three years.
Klingner and Associates will do the preliminary engineering and design studies at a cost of $55,000. City officials say the company has reduced its fees by 10 percent for this project.
Aldermen are expected to vote on the resolution next week.
If approved, Sparks said the lights could be in place in time for the Fourth of July celebration.
The City Council meeting following a bevy of committee meetings was less than 30 minutes. Aldermen approved a short-term loan of up to $600,000 from the city's general fund for Quincy Transit Lines as it awaits state and federal reimbursements. Transit Director Marty Stegeman said this is an action that has to be taken periodically.