Big River Crossing opened to the public on October 22nd, 2016. It is the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. Adjacent to the historic Harahan Bridge, it serves as the centerpiece of a $43 million Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector project, a 10-mile project linking downtown Memphis, TN and downtown West Memphis, AR with walkable and bike-able streets, pathways, and trails.
The Big River Crossing required 2,370 separate fixtures with over 100,000 individual light points, forming a total of 9,480 feet of lighting. The Philips Color Kinetics luminaires offered an expanded palette of more than 16 million colors, which form a variety of beam angles that showcase the depth and structure of the bridge. The bridge typically lights the skyline in an amber hue, but also has the ability to change colors for holidays and special occasions.
Because the bridge is constantly busy with watercraft and train traffic, it was vital that the lighting could be remotely adjusted with short notice. Planners installed a control system that allowed the lighting to automatically dim to a lower level in order to accommodate rail and maritime lighting requirements.