City of Houston plans to fix the lights on the Montrose Bridges over Highway 59

HOUSTON – The lights on the Montrose Bridges over Highway 59 are one step closer to being fully lit at night.

The bridges have seen better days when some of the lights were working.

KPRC 2 highlighted the topic on Pop-off Tuesday. Pop-off is an ode to the City of Houston.

On Tuesday, residents are welcome to come to the city council and share their thoughts on agenda items and things happening within our city.

The KPRC 2 Investigates team looks through the entire agenda, picking one or two things that may matter to you to talk about on KPRC 2+ at 8 a.m. every Tuesday.

The bridges on the Southwest Freeway bring a lot of joy to commuters traveling on the highway because they can shine brightly for many different causes.

The Houston First Corporation was in charge of finding a way to keep the lights on. With a city council vote, Houston First will maintain and repair them over the next 10 years.

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

As KPRC 2 Mario Diaz told us during Pop-Off Politics, the total cost for the entire project is $4 million.

The City of Houston will pay for two-thirds of that, contributing a little more than $2.6 million from its general fund.

“The lack of maintenance (and the cost of repairs) due to an inactive Management District has been dire, to the point some neighbors don’t feel safe walking across them,” says Councilmember Abbie Kamin. “We’ve been working with Houston First to find a way forward, and I could not be more excited to share the good news with residents and express my thanks to Houston First for stepping up.”

Houston City Council will make its final vote on lighting the bridges Wednesday.

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