Montgomery interstate gateways to become a lot more colorful

Rendering of Union Street Montgomery Interstate gateway lighting project. (Chambless King Architects)

Alabama’s Capital City is about to get a lot more colorful

Thanks to a partnership between the Montgomery Housing Authority and City of Montgomery, special RGB (red, green, blue) lighting will be installed at three prominent interstate gateway bridges under I-85 at:

  • Union Street
  • Decatur Street
  • Jackson Street
Location of the the three lighting projects.(Chambless King Architects)

The idea behind the project is to create a welcoming and attractive gateway into the city for visitors entering Montgomery off the three interstate exits. In addition to the new gateways, the new lighting  connects historic neighborhoods, notably Centennial Hill to Alabama State University.

The project is part of a $450,000 federal grant that is earmarked for community revitalization. 

The Design Team

Montgomery-based Chambless King Architects is designing the project. Garner & Associates Engineering will be handling electrical engineering services.

This is one of many projects Chambless King has designed around the city that is the  Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The group recently designed the award winning Montgomery Interpretive Center of Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail located at Alabama State University.

“We’ve really enjoyed this project and the opportunity to continue our relationship with the Montgomery Housing Authority and the City of Montgomery. It’s always exciting to work on projects close to home. We hope the updates enhance the experience of visitors and residences alike.” 

Kaylee Cofer, AIA, lead project architect and designer

Gateway Bridge  Lighting — Successful in Birmingham

Birmingham City Walk
Birmingham City Walk opened Summer 2022. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Montgomery is not the first Alabama city lighting up its gateways. The city of Birmingham completed bridge lighting at City Walk underneath I-59/20 just in time for The World Games. They also installed lights under the railroad bridges, which have become some of the most “Instagrammable” locations in the Magic City.

Montgomery’s lights will be adjustable and can change during the holidays and special celebrations.

The date for the completion of the project is to be determined.

Stay tuned – The Bama Buzz will bring you updates when this project comes to fruition.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington
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