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Let there be light: New I-77 bridge lighting is on


Jan. 22. The superstructure rising 38 feet above Catawba Avenue was lit up for the first time tonight. It is clearly visible from the exit ramps both northbound and southbound on I-77. The mast and cables, as well as the lighting, are part of $2 million worth of “aesthetic” improvements at the bridge. This portion is worth on the order of $600,000 or $700,000, according to town officials. Still to come are landscaping and distinctive stonework around the bridge abutments. The walkway down the center of the diverging diamond features upgraded colored concrete; nearby sidewalks are brick instead of standard concrete.