No light display for Walnut Street Bridge for now


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A controversial new lighting project for the Walnut Street Bridge has been pulled from next year’s budget.

But supporters say they aren’t giving up on the project.

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Commissioners and community leaders had questioned the cost and the taste of the decorative lighting project.

City officials this morning announced they will try to get more community input on the design.

They also will need to get approval from the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Office and TDOT.

“We know that it is possible to invest in the future of the Walnut Street Bridge while honoring and celebrating its history. We look forward to working with all of our partners to make that happen.”

Some money will remain in the budget to perform electrical work on the bridge in the next year.

So what would it look like?

Here is what we know so far.

City officials were favoring the work of Moment Factory, which planned to base their design on what they did for Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.

It’s a light show that changes with the season and even daily, based on social medial comments from people using the bridge that day.

Here is how it worked in Montreal.