SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 25,000 lights on the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be turned off for 11 months for bridge maintenance.
KNTV in San Jose reports that about 100 people on Friday morning stood under the bridge to bid farewell to the lights.
Bay Lights Project artist Leo Villareal created the 500-foot-high art installation on the western span of the bridge about two years. It has reached the end of its permitted run. With the lights gone, Caltrans crews will do maintenance on bridge cables.
There will be no lights on the bridge for 11 months.
Another group, Illuminate the Arts, has raised $4 million to re-install the project in time for San Francisco to host the Super Bowl in 2016.
After that, the group will turn the project over to Caltrans and the Bay Bridge Authority for management.