Tuscaloosa is looking brighter than ever after the Alabama Department of Transportation added a new lighting feature to the city's new crimson arch bridge.

LED lights have been installed on the underside of the bridge, illuminating the portion of McFarland Boulevard that runs directly beneath Interstate 20/59.

ALDOT crews will continue the lighting project this week and the agency also plans to tension support cables on the arch bridge.

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"The McFarland Boulevard (US-82) eastbound inside and center lanes, directly under the interstate, will close [tonight]  from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. The I 20/59 eastbound and westbound inside lanes across the bridge will also close during the same time frame," said John McWilliams, Public Information Officer for ADOT's West Central Region.

"Beginning Friday, May 21 at 11 p.m. until Monday, May 24 at 5 a.m., McFarland Boulevard, directly under the interstate, will close in both directions for the contractor to complete the tensioning and allow for lighting installation," McWilliams said.

"[We] will also use nightly intermittent rolling roadblocks on the interstate during that weekend. Rolling roadblocks, which will be executed by law enforcement, allow the contractor to safely perform short-term activities in the roadway while traffic is slowed for a period of time," McWilliams said.

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