FDOT making modifications to bridge lights policy


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Section of Transportation is building modifications to its guidelines regarding attractive bridge lighting.

Before this thirty day period, FDOT purchased the rainbow lights recognizing Delight Thirty day period shut off on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville after officers gained problems and they considered the lights did not meet code. FDOT reversed its decision the next day.

News4Jax on Tuesday confirmed that FDOT will place choices on future unique bridge lights requests in the palms of nearby governments.


Certain lights for vacations and other activities are permitted, these kinds of as Christmas and the Fourth of July. In a statement (in whole at end of report) despatched to News4Jax on Tuesday, an FDOT spokesperson Hampton Ray reported the section will continue on to follow the present bridge lighting plan and, in addition to the accredited vacations, overview requests that contain goods such as resolutions from cities or county governments in get to include other non-permitted lighting strategies on all condition bridges, like the Pride lights. The spokesperson stated FDOT will ask for at the very least 30 days advance observe for all those.

This will acquire the selections out of FDOT’s fingers and, in a way, hand it in excess of to local governments.

The spokesperson said that due to the constrained timeline, the lights presently scheduled for the Acosta Bridge for the thirty day period of July by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority will be permitted with a prepared request clarifying the wide neighborhood interest of function. Nevertheless, commencing Aug. 1, lighting variance requests will have to have to go by way of the correct request structure.


“This will be the approach for each individual ask for likely forward,” the assertion reads.

Just before the modifications had been confirmed, News4Jax on Monday checked with the mayor’s workplace and was referred to the Jacksonville Metropolis Council. Incoming Town Council President Sam Newby explained he is searching into it and will reply later on. JTA mentioned it is doing work with the district FDOT business to move forward.

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