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Quincy city council approves Bayview Bridge Lights

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Above two photos are conceptual photos of what the bridge would appear like with lighting (Photo/City of Quincy) Above two photos are conceptual photos of what the bridge would appear like with lighting (Photo/City of Quincy)
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A project that has been in the making for almost seven years finally get the green light.

Monday night, the Quincy City Council unanimously approved to light the bridge, after asking a few questions about funding.

Back in 2005, the project was first introduced by the late Joe Bonansinga, who was known as "Mr. Quincy." Bonansinga thought the bridge lighting would make the Gem City sparkle a little brighter.

The project is expected to cost an estimated $685,000 dollars with $3,000-$4,000 a year for maintenance.

The tower and cable lighting would use a total of 40 LED light fixtures.

Quincy Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks said he's already received more than $194,000 worth of pledges from approximately 21 local organizations and businesses to cover the city's cost.

Sparks also describes the project as "low cost, low maintenance" with no additional tax dollars being used.

The lights would be lit year-round and displayed with special colors for holidays, local sporting events and special events.

Mayor John Spring says they hope to have the lights up in time for the 4th of July celebrations. After the resolution passed, he thanked the council for their bipartisan vote. He says - he's excited. 

"To have a fourteen to zero vote I think speaks volumes for the community. This is good for our community. This is a signature piece that will signify for tourists and those that come to Quincy that this is truly the Gem City."

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