Commentary: Tacoma Narrows bridge shouldn't be dark during holidays

We’re getting red tape instead of colored lights on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge for Christmas.

That’s the equivalent of a lump of coal for us, and the volunteers who have worked two years to illuminate the bridge, and who won a $1.5 million Communities, Trade and Economic Development grant to do it.

Think of that as an economic stimulus package for Pierce County.

This is precisely the kind of project governors discussed last week with President-elect Barack Obama: It’s an infrastructure improvement plan that’s ready to go, ready to get money into workers’ pockets.

It also will demonstrate energy-efficient technology. In Phase Two, it will employ solar power and train workers to install solar panels and feed the energy they generate into the electrical grid.

The only difference is that the money is already allocated and banked for this stimulus project.

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