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Light Up the Bridge

Murray Baker Bridge Ornamental Lighting Program 

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Thank you for your interest in the Murray Baker Bridge Ornamental Lighting Program, Light Up the Bridge. 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 Light Up the Bridge. 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 Light Up the Bridge 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 to Light Up the Bridge Applications can be submitted to Public Works or to Accounts Receivable:

Accounts Receivable
419 Fulton Street, Room 111
Peoria, Illinois
(309) 494-8588
ar@peoriagov.org

Public Works
3505 N Dries Ln
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 494-8800
publicworks@peoriagov.org

Payment will be received by the Treasurer’s Office, 419 Fulton Street, Room 100

Office hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Schedule and Color Options
Light-up-the-Bridge-Holidays-Schedule_1625675414.pdf Light Up the Bridge Holiday Schedule and Color Combos

Light Up the Bridge Policy and Application
09-14-2021-Bridge-Lights-application_1631816844.pdf Light Up the Bridge Application Form

Available Dates to Light Up the Bridge


January


February


March

April

May

June

July

August

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,     30

September

No available dates

October

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,     18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

November

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

December

8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ,13 ,14 ,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

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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