BUCKSPORT, Maine — The Penobscot Narrows Bridge will be the largest of the holiday decorations in the area this year.
Officials at the Maine Department of Transportation said Thursday the department would turn on the lights on the bridge for the holiday season. The lights on the cable stays and the main towers of the bridge will be turned on at 5 tonight and will be on between 5 and 10 each night until Jan. 4.
The department lights the decorative lighting on the bridge during the height of the tourist season in the summer, but determined while the bridge was under construction that it would not provide lighting on the bridge year-round. The request for the holiday lighting came from the Bucksport Chamber of Commerce, and according to DOT spokesman Mark Latti, they were able to develop a schedule that worked for everyone.
“It gives us a chance to showcase one of our great engineering landmarks,” Latti said.
It will cost about $250 to have the bridge lights on for the 12 days.
Outgoing Chamber Executive Director Cindy Kimball said she was pleased that the lights would be on for the holidays.
“People have enjoyed it,” Kimball said Thursday. “It’s a spectacular part of the area and we like to see it lit whenever we can.”
The lighted bridge will be visible from Bucksport’s Main Street and will tie in nicely with decorations downtown and in the area, Kimball said.
“It’s part of the spirit of the holiday here in Bucksport,” she said. “The towns have decorations, Bucksport is lit up and the bridge will be lit up. It will be a nice addition.”
The bridge’s observatory closed for the season in October and will reopen in the spring.