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‘Trenton Makes’ Bridge Will Be Switched To LED Lighting

By Luna on 05/27/2017

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has recently approved that the sign, “Trenton Makes The World Takes” could be upgraded to LED lighting as it is more dynamic and energy saving.

The project is going to take place this year which happens to be the 100th anniversary when the slogan was first lightened up along the river. And at that time, the sign displayed on the old iron bridge has been regarded as “the world’s largest municipal ad” and “the largest slogan sign in the world”.

The upcoming upgrading work will firstly remove the current sign on bridge which is made of energy-inefficient red neon tubes as well as its corresponding electrical power supply components. Being installed in 2005, those units are almost at the end of their lifetime. Moreover, the 25 letter housings of the slogan will be reserved with further cleaning and repainting.  

And then the signal will be equipped with those colorful and efficient LED strip lightings and corresponding electrical supply system as well.

According to Joe Resta, the Commission’s executive director, the government predicts that the new sign is likely to be more durable with longer lifespan and performs well under any weather conditions. At the same time, being much more costs saving.

One of the highlights of the new LED neon light is its color-changing ability. Resta indicates that this could be very useful during special events. For instance, the sign could be lightened up with green glow on St. Patrick’s Day and pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The project is expected to start from mid-July and finish in the fall. During the construction period, the sign will be unlit. Car drivers from Pennsylvania to New Jersey may encounter short-time traffic jam as the contractors need to place equipment and carry out some facets of the work. As for pedestrian heading to the bridge’s upstream sidewalk, they are not supposed to be affected.

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