ASK 2: Why do the lights on the Montrose Bridge appear to be off?

One of the seven Illuminated bridges over US-59 highway at Montrose. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Tourists and residents alike enjoy seeing the many beautiful landmarks specific to the Houston area.

But recently, many who are passing through have noticed one major lighting structure that hasn’t been working as usual.

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Viewers asked KPRC 2 why is it that the lights on 59′s Montrose Bridge were not shining for most of 2022.

The lights typically showcase themes, events, or celebrations being held in the Houston area.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also instructs the lights be turned certain colors when the city wants to stand in solidarity with others such as when it was changed to fit Ukraine’s colors during the beginning of Russia’s invasion.

KPRC 2 reached out to Houston First and they gave us insight into what’s going on.

Officials say as of January, there is currently an assessment in progress to find out the cost of some repairs for the lights.

That report should be completed by the end of February or the beginning of March 2023.

Following the report, employees will have to figure out just who is responsible for paying for the repairs, what department will manage the lights, and who will pay the electric bill once the lights are operational.

About the Author

Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio, and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.

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