Reinert Supports New Lighting System Design for the Blatnik Bridge

DULUTH, Minn. — The new lighting system design for the Blatnik Bridge has been selected after a week of public input. The illuminated design, with outline-style down-lighting, was overwhelmingly-preferred by the public. The design will feature strategically-placed fixtures that cast light off the interior of the structure.
“The great public participation and input on the lighting project further indicates that the public really cares about the bridge, and its landmark status in our community,” said Senator Roger Reinert.
MnDOT and WisDOT will each pay half of the estimated $1.2 million the new system will cost to construct. ALLETE has been an important partner in the design of the new lighting system, bringing down the overall cost of the project significantly. The illuminated design will have a 35 percent energy savings over the original system, and will have dimmable, programmable LED lights with reduced glare for motorists.
Final design work on the new lighting system will begin in a few weeks and will be completed in January 2013. Construction will take place next summer and the system will be operational in fall 2013.
“I commend the Departments of Transportation in both Minnesota and Wisconsin for their commitment to creating a cost-effective design that keeps the bridge alight,” said Senator Reinert. “The Blatnik truly is the symbol of the joining of our two communities, and the partnership we have built as the Twin Ports.”
More information on the project can be found at

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Roger Reinert represents District 7, which includes St. Louis County. He is also an educator.

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