Mississippi River bridges' decorative lights won't reappear
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Decorative lights that have illuminated a pair of Mississippi River bridges for nearly a decade won't be turned back on.
The bright lights started going up in 2009 on the side-by-side bridges connecting Natchez, Mississippi, and Vidalia, Louisiana.
The lights came down during a recent construction project, and they were found to be in poor condition. Now, the Mississippi Department of Transportation says they won't be replaced.
Regular street lights and aviation lights will remain on the bridges.
A department spokesman tells the Natchez Democrat that ships have trouble navigating under the bridges when the brighter decorative lights are on. Even if they were replaced, the Coast Guard would require sensors that would allow ship captains to turn the lights off.