MOUNT VERNON — The pedestrian bridge over the Kokosing River is now flooded with color thanks to funding by a private donor and support by the Foundation Park Conservancy.
The addition of the lighting system serves several purposes according to Scott Zimmerman, Ariel-Foundation Park manager.
“The pedestrian bridge was horribly dark,” Zimmerman told the News. “We thought if we could light it up it would make it safer and make it beautiful.”
The bridge is a safer alternative to walking across the narrow sidewalks next to traffic along the viaduct, but is often plagued by vandalism. With low-light visibility on the bridge at night, safety becomes an issue for those looking to travel across the river by foot or by bicycle. The new lights are a solution to both of those problems, Zimmerman said.