Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
December 23, 2016
Four firms have submitted proposals for lighting up the Congress Street Bridge that crosses Fort Point Channel and links downtown Boston and South Boston’s Seaport District.
It’s the second time that the Boston Planning & Development Agency has solicited design ideas to bathe the bascule bridge in aesthetic lighting that highlights its features. The moveable truss bridge was constructed in 1930.
Hartranft Lighting Design, Available Light Inc., WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff and Light Time in Space Inc. submitted proposals.
The BPDA originally budgeted $370,000 for the design and implementation of the bridge lighting. Its initial request for proposals last spring fielded only two responses, both of which were deemed unresponsive.
“Based upon feedback from industry professionals and advocacy groups, the budget for the project was increased by $100,000 to $470,000,” BPDA spokeswoman Bonnie McGilpin said.