Here’s why this iconic Peoria landmark is set to change colors again this weekend – Peoria Journal Star

April 14, 2022 by No Comments

People across the globe celebrate Easter with religious services, egg hunts and special foods. 

Peoria will add festive lighting to that list.

The Murray Baker Bridge will be lit in white, sparkling lights overnight on Friday, April 15, for Good Friday and on Sunday, April 17, for Easter.

The bridge will be lit in “white sparkle dynamic” — a slow, random blinking, creating a sparkling effect, said city of Peoria spokesperson Stacy Peterson.

“Community members have really enjoyed the variety of color schemes that we’ve used in the past, but this weekend people will enjoy the slow sparkle of white lights across this landmark cantilever bridge,” she added.

It will be the second annual special bridge lighting for both days.

New multi-hued LED lights were added to the bridge when its deck was reconstructed in 2020.

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How to get special lighting on the bridge

Peoria has scheduled 25 holidays this year featuring special lighting. (Afterward, the bridge’s hues revert to the city colors of green, yellow and blue.)

In addition, individuals or organizations can arrange their own special lighting in advance through requests to the Peoria Public Works Department. City policy requires at least 30 days’ notice on such a request and forbids “lighting for political events, and/or political campaigns.” The fee is $200 per evening, or $150 for nonprofits.

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Who’s been honored with special bridge lights recently?

The bridge was lit in purple from April 1-5 upon a request by Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network to mark National Donate Life Month. Earlier this week, it was colored orange to mark National Work Zone Awareness Week. 

Questions regarding the Murray Baker Bridge Ornamental Lighting Program, Light Up the Bridge, should be directed to the Peoria Public Works Department by emailing [email protected] or calling 309-494-8800.



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