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(July 2, 2019)

New lights on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge will be red, white and blue for the Fourth of July weekend.

The City of Omaha Parks Department has completed installation of more than 100 LED lights, replacing the original lights installed ten years ago.  LED lights are energy efficient and lower cost.

Additional lights that shine on the cables and pylons have also been installed which better illuminates the bridge and the plaza on Riverfront Drive.  Planning to replace the original lighting started several years ago and completed before the opening game of the College World Series last month.

“The view of the Bob Kerrey Bridge from TD Ameritrade Park is spectacular,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.  “The bridge is one of the signatures of Omaha’s skyline, especially at night and this upgrade is especially beautiful.”

A sophisticated computer program has the capability to choreograph the bridge lights in all colors and in motion.  The colors of the lights can be changed to recognize holidays, events and occasions, or special requests.

“The bridge is a popular destination for family events, proposals, fundraising walks and tourists.  We can make all those events even more special with the lighting improvements,” said Parks Director Brook Bench.   

The LED lights cost $720,000, paid from the Bridge Fund.  Both Omaha and Council Bluffs contribute $130,000 annually to the Bridge Fund for maintenance, repair and improvements.   

The pedestrian bridge opened September 28, 2008.

The Parks Department has also completed the installation of additional cameras across the span of the bridge. While the cameras provide another measure of security for the Omaha Police Department, the Parks Department uses the cameras to monitor weather conditions on the bridge and other activities.