The lights are still out on the R. Kelly Bryant Pedestrian Bridge across the Durham Freeway, but the problem is no longer technical.
It's a matter of who pays to fix them.
The contractor, S.T. Wooten, and the designer, Stewart Engineering, "are deliberating" about who's responsible for picking up the tab, or how to split it, according to city public works engineer Michael Hughes. "
They are at an impasse," Hughes said.
The blue lights are supposed to outline the bridge at night and provide a glowing gateway to Durham — as in Stewart Engineering's photo illustration above. But the lights went out not long after the bridge was opened in 2009 and have never worked reliably, Hughes said.
That's in spite of one try after another to fix them. Now, everything is lined up to take care (one hopes) of the situation and brighten up the bridge once and for all.
The electrical situation, that is. As for the money part, well, the lawyers are involved. ...