Anonymous donors help replace lights on Hernando DeSoto Bridge with LEDs

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A new plan is in the works to light up the Interstate 40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge in a whole new way, just like that of the new Big River Crossing.

The proposal to Downtown Memphis Commission by Phillips Lighting would replace all 200 of the old lights and change them to LEDs, which are the same kind of lights on Big River Crossing.

"Man, I love that. Memphis needs that," Anthony Waddell, who works downtown, said.

There are four options for lighting the city hallmark: a simple replacement, replacement with harp strings lights, adding another LED to the top, or doing it all.

Some people are worried the lights changing colors could distract drivers.

"I think it would look good, but I don't know if the idea of them changing consistently would be such a good idea, for the drivers mostly," Kevin Sefers said.

No price tag is listed in the proposal, but there is no need to worry. Anonymous donors gave $12 million to do both the Harahan Bridge project and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.

It's still a long way from becoming reality, but soon enough the light system installed in the 80s could be a thing of the past.

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