US Route 50 Lights Up the Night at Courthouse

by Dan Lesniak

Bue LEDsThe newly constructed bridges along US Route 50 have been given their final touches and brought some new light to Orange Line Living in the Courthouse area. Back in September of this year, the updated construction on Route 50 provided new exits for east and westbound traffic, bicycle lanes, and two new bridges to help with traffic flow. The final stage of the new section of Route 50 was officially launched on Friday, October 24th, with new light displays created by artist Vicki Scuri. The project was the latest in Arlington’s series of LED installations of public art.

Each new bridge, located at N Courthouse Road and 10th Street N, respectively, has a series of grillwork crossing the side of the bridges which light up at night. Each piece cycles through a fifteen minute loop of non-traffic colors, providing an artistic aesthetic to this shared use section of US Route 50. The idea, according to the artist Vicki Scuri, was to provide a sense of place through pattern as well as a welcoming gateway into the Courthouse section of Arlington. The designs themselves were inspired by Arlington’s classical architecture.

The LED installation lights up from behind the grillwork. Much thought was put into the colors and light intensity that would be used to ensure not only a pleasant look to the eye, but also the safety of those driving or riding bicycles. Too bright a light or the wrong colors would have potentially caused a hazard. The lighting is set to a softer hue with the aim of Courthouse ROute 50 Bridge artinviting a warm welcome to the area, as opposed to shouting at passersby with glaring color and brightness.

Arlington has long been a supporter of public art, providing residents and visitors alike a variety of views and interactions. Art brings a wider experience to everyone, and Arlington is one place that truly supports this idea. Myself, and the Orange Line Living team, are here to support you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your home ideas into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected]

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