Thursday, December 6, 2007

Award Winning Tempe Town Lake Bridge

Tempe Town Lake plays a major part in the light rail system. In fact, nearly $22 million was spent to build an award winning bridge to carry light rail cars and passengers over the lake.
The bridge design includes a state-of-the-art fiber-optic lighting system that can change colors as the train crosses and provide other interesting visual effects. A fiber optic tube will be installed under the deck of the bridge and illuminate screens covering the truss structure. The
lighting component will be the art feature for the bridge, and was conceived by artist Buster
Simpson who is developing several lighting programs to control the color, pattern and movement of the light, such as how quickly the colors change or move across the bridge. The lights were tested over 4th of July this past year but will remain off until further notice. (Grand Opening?)

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