Although the bridge lights are LED lights and are very energy-efficient, there is still a cost associated with having them on each evening — and periodic maintenance is required. For example, next summer we will need to undertake a repair to one portion of the lights.
A fund has been established at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to cover the lights’ ongoing maintenance and electricity costs. To donate securely online, please use the form below; alternatively, you can mail checks designated “The Stone Bridge Lighting Fund” to The Community Foundation, 116 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.
The money for the $1.2 million project was raised through PennDOT Enhancement Funds, corporate donations, and individual donations, as well as an in-kind commitment from Norfolk Southern, which owns the railroad bridge. Major donors included the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, JWF Industries, and Laurel Holdings Inc. In all there were more than 400 donors to the project.
The project was engineered by H.F. Lenz Company. Mar-Allen Concrete Products, Inc. did the repair work, and the project was inspected by the EADS Group. The lighting design was done by Shadowstone, Inc. The contract for the electrical and lighting installation was completed by Blalock Electric Service, Inc. of Johnstown.
The Stone Bridge Lighting Project Committee was co-chaired by Mike Brosig of Laurel Holdings, and Richard Burkert, president and CEO of JAHA.
The Johnstown Area Heritage Association administered the project, which first got underway in 2008, and is today responsible for the lights’ programming.