Bridge lighting to return to Southwest Freeway bridges?
Those bridges have looked awful for a long time, so restoring some sort of lighting will be a nice touch. It's strange, though, that momentum for this restoration project has picked up during a time of tight budgets.
Early this year, TxDOT officials began talking with Houston officials about the possibility of working together on re-lighting one of the bridges as a pilot project before going ahead with the other five.
But the problem of funding remained, at least until other voices in the community spoke up.
The board of the Montrose Management District (made up the former East Montrose Management District and the newly formed West Montrose Management District), recently voted to contribute $33,000 toward the installation of LED lighting on the Montrose bridge, according to Josh Hawes of Hawes Hill Calderon, the firm that administers the district.
That commitment helped officials in Mayior Annise Parker's office decide to back a proposal by which the city would maintain the lights afterward, said Andy Icken, chief development officer.