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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Centre Street Bridge Lighting Project

Starting on Monday, February 6, Calgarians will see crews making improvements to the feature lighting on Centre Street Bridge. The City of Calgary is replacing the old bridge feature lighting with a new Light Emitting Diode (LED) system. The new system will improve the lighting of the four lion pavilions, the bridge archways and will accentuate the architectural features of this important heritage landmark.

“The improved lighting will highlight the features of the lions and provide lighting to the interiors of the archways. These improvements will create a bright and welcoming gateway at each end of the bridge for Calgarians and their visitors,” said David Down, senior architect, The City of Calgary.

“The lighting will also reduce maintenance costs and energy consumption, creating more sustainable and cost effective lighting,” said Down.

This project serves as a demonstration of new sustainable technologies that can be employed by both The City of Calgary and our citizens when it comes to commercial and residential lighting. The improvements will be made only to the feature lighting. Existing streetlights will remain unchanged.

Improvements will begin on February 6 and will require southbound Centre Street between 2 Avenue and Samis Road to be reduced to one lane during off peak hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The sidewalk on the west side of Centre Street Bridge will be temporarily closed until work on the west side has been completed. Once crews move to the east side of the bridge, the west sidewalk will be reopened and the east sidewalk will be closed until the project is completed.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012.

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