Wells Street span to glow anew with LEDs
Dan Stockman | The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Private contractor City Lights & Signals Inc. has been selected for the Wells Street bridge-lighting improvement project, officials announced Tuesday.
The city plans to invest $121,000 in Legacy funding as part of the Downtown Overpass Beautification and Lighting initiative. Legacy funding comes from the lease and sale of the city’s old electric utility.
The bridge-lighting project involves installation of six LED overhead lights down the middle of the bridge structure, 14 LED spotlights along the sides of the bridge, eight LED lights on each end of the bridge and 12 additional LED spotlights in bays on the sides of the bridge.
Officials said work could begin in November and be completed by the end of the year. The contract has yet to be approved by the parks board and the City Council.
City officials also announced Tuesday that bids for the city’s way finding signs – another Legacy project – are $100,000 under the original $300,000 estimate, which will save money on the construction and installation of 54 directional signs throughout Fort Wayne.
A project budget of $200,000 was introduced to the City Council on Tuesday evening, with discussion expected to take place next week. Burkhart Sign Systems submitted a bid of $177,702; the project budget of $200,000 would accommodate the possibility of adding several more signs and a contingency fund.
The signs will be on primary transportation corridors throughout the city. Each sign will provide directions to major destinations frequented by out-of-town visitors. The sign locations and language are still being finalized.
The signs will be 4 by 8 feet each and made of aluminum. Installation is expected to begin in November and be completed by the end of the year.