GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - For the first time Friday, one of Grand Rapids’ most recognizable landmarks shined in a new light.
The Blue Bridge takes pedestrian traffic from downtown over the Grand River near the Grand Valley State University Pew Campus.
This year the bridge underwent a $1.1 million renovation. The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority paid for more than $700,000 of the money, while state transportation funds covered the rest.
The project consisted of crews putting a fresh coat of Laker Blue paint on the structure (a color voted by the community), fixing concrete and joints, replacing the sidewalk on the west end, patching the deck, and adding LED lights that will change for different events or special occasions.
Watch the video above as Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and DDA Executive Director Kris Larson gave "24 Hour News 8 Daybreak" a sneak peek of the new light display Friday morning.
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will publicly unveil the new Blue Bridge lighting system with a five-minute light show at 9:30 p.m. Friday after the Movies in the Park event at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.
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