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Murray Baker Bridge Ornamental Lighting Program

Murray Baker Bridge Ornamental Lighting Program 

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Thank you for your interest in the Murray Baker Bridge Ornamental Lighting Program. Requests to change the system’s light colors from dusk until dawn may be made by individuals or organizations in recognition of special events. The lights on the Murray Baker Bridge have been developed to set annual lighting plans and special request policies.

The City of Peoria is the designated technical operator for this program. The cities of Peoria, East Peoria, along with Peoria and Tazewell Counties, are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the bridge lights. For future funding purposes, 100% of the lighting revenue will go into a joint fund designated to cover costs related to maintenance, upkeep, and operations.

Questions
Questions regarding this program should be directed to Public Works via email publicworks@peoriagov.org or by phone 309-494-8800.

How to Apply
To apply , applications can be submitted to Public Works. 

Public Works:

Office hours are weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3505 N Dries Ln
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 494-8800
publicworks@peoriagov.org

Treasurer’s Office:

Office hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
419 Fulton Street, Room 100
Peoria, Illinois
Applications received by Accounts Receivable will be forwarded directly to the Public Works Department for approval. The Accounts Receivable department does not determine approvals for this program.

Upon approval, payment must be made five (5) business days prior to the date requested.
Payments can be made or mailed to the City Treasurer’s Office, 419 Fulton Street, Room 100 Peoria, IL 61602

 

Holiday Schedule and Color Options
2022-City-set-Holidays-for-Bridge-Lighting_1652125062.pdf Murray Baker Set Holidays Schedule

2023-Holiday-Scheudle_1660854247.pdf Murray Baker Set Holidays Schedule – 2023

Bridge Lighting Policy and Application
Murray-Baker-Lights-Application_1657307165.pdf Murray-Baker-Lights-Application

Available Dates 2022


April 2022

  6, 7, 8, 9, 10,  16,  19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May 2022

6, 7,  9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31

June 2022

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13,  15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30

July 2022

 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 23, 24,  31

August 2022

8,9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30, 31

September 2022

4, 27, 28

October 2022

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30

November 2022

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

December 2022

1,2,3,4,5,6,8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ,13 ,14 ,15, 16, 17,

Available Dates 2023


January 2023

 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15,  16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

February 2023

 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,  19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28,

March 2023

 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,  19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

April 2023

 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

May 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31

June 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30

July 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

August 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

September 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

October 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

November 2023

1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

December 2023

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ,13 ,14 ,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Bridge History
The Murray Baker Bridge has been an iconic landmark for our region since it opened to traffic on December 12, 1958. It is named after Murray M. Baker, a former Vice President with Caterpillar and without it our region may have looked much different because the interstate helps drive our economy.

Decorative lights first twinkled on the Murray Baker Bridge on July 4, 1991. Much of the credit goes to Mr. Leonard Marshall, a banker, Jim Rochford, an attorney, and D. James Jumer, a business owner, who had big dreams of riverfront development. With the help of the community and the assistance of the Community Foundation a $150,000 fundraising campaign commenced “selling” lights for $250 each.  It is said to have been the first decoratively lit interstate bridge in the country. The lighting system consisted of 156 lights that outlined the bridge’s peaks and valleys.

From 2012 t0 2020 the lights went dark due to bulbs either breaking or burning out. A lot has changed in the technology of lights in that short time and we’re working to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

 
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