PEORIA — For the 2nd 7 days in a row, problems have beset the lights of the Murray Baker Bridge.
On July 4, the town failed to program the lights to crimson, white and blue. In its place, the bulbs remained their usual white.
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But considering the fact that then, they have not been on at all. The bridge has been darkish.
“There is a mechanical problem producing the lights to not work,” claimed Town Manager Patrick Urich.
The span, which carries Interstate 74 above the Illinois River among Peoria and East Peoria, reopened last fall after a 7-month shutdown and revamp that value $42 million. Improvements provided the installation of 500 LED bulbs that can programmed for multi-coloured shows. The lights charge $5 million, from the state’s money-advancement finances.
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But early last 7 days, a bug in the process turned the lights darkish, Urich mentioned. The Illinois Department of Transportation is working with the lighting manufacturer and the installer to reignite the bulbs.
“They are nonetheless beneath guarantee,” Urich mentioned.
He said he did not know how extended the repairs could possibly get.
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