TRENTON, NJ – The color green will undergo further evaluation as diagnostic testing of the “Trenton Makes The World Takes” sign’s lighting system continues this week at the Lower Trenton Toll-Supported Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today.
The sign was set to a green hue on Friday and “burned” at that setting through the Super Bowl weekend. The sign is expected to continue to display a green color until sometime on Friday, Feb. 9. The bridge, the sign and the slogan are owned by the Commission.
A Commission project to replace the bridge sign’s lighting and electrical components was conducted during the second half of 2017. Installation of the sign’s new high-efficiency LED light strips was completed in December. Diagnostic testing of the new lighting system began in mid-January and is expected to reach completion later this month.
The new LED-lighting replaces a former unreliable and energy-inefficient system consisting of red neon tubes. The most recent neon lights on the bridge were installed in 2005 and had reached the end of their useful life.
The new lighting system will be cheaper to operate while having a longer service life and being more reliable in harsh weather conditions. Additionally, the sign’s new LED lighting elements can be programmed to change colors like the Benjamin Franklin Bridge between Philadelphia, PA. and Camden, N.J., and the Empire State Building in New York City.
More information on the project is available at www.drjtbc.org/projects/trenton-makes.