TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge in downtown Tampa joined the ranks of six downtown bridges to have permanent lighting as part of the city’s Lights on Tampa program.
Less than a year after the bridge on Laurel Street was renamed in Madame Fortune Taylor’s honor, and now it will light up the sky as part of public art.
“It really does make the city a much nicer looking place, especially on the river,” said Kirby O’Loughlin, a Tampa resident.
People who live in downtown Tampa said walking along the Hillsborough River becomes a bit more special.
“That's awesome. When I get to walk my dog at night, it's really great to be able to have something to light up the way and make sure that everyone is safe,” said Tampa resident Annie Moore. “It's really a nice touch, especially walking to the dog park.”
Tampa city officials said the Fortune Taylor Bridge lights are brighter and have more color range than any other bridge, a whopping 16 million combinations!
“It's so cool. I can look out on my balcony and see the Riverwalk and see everything lit up,” said Moore. “So, it's really great to have something to have a little spice to the city.”
City officials said the total budget for the project is $428,000, and they hope to give all of the bridges in the downtown area permanent lighting as funding becomes available. Some locals said that’s money well spent to drive home a signature look.
“I think that Tampa will just be a better tourism place, and people will want to come more than they used to. That's definitely helping that,” said O’Loughlin.
The next Lights on Tampa installation is set for November 2020.