Good Question: How Is The 35W Bridge Lit?

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last month, the I-35W bridge was bathed in royal blue to symbolize the fight against colon cancer.

« It was unbelievable, absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it, » said Anne Carlson, the executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition.

Her organization had applied for a permit to light the bridge royal blue for a night. More than 200 people showed up that evening to see the colors.

« A lot of the people stood under the bridge and cried, and a lot celebrated their own victories of survivorship, » she said.
The decision to add nighttime colors to the 35W bridge was made before the bridge was even built.

« People thought it would be neat to light up the bridge and celebrate a new beginning again, » said John Pederson, the lighting operations supervisor with MnDOT.

There are 77,000 LED bulbs on the bridge. Below the deck, there are 570…

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