This webpage provides information about the architectural LED lighting system on the Northampton Street Bridge (the “free bridge”) between Easton, PA. and Phillipsburg, N.J. Eligible civic, cultural, and community organizations should use the application form on this webage to request temporary color schemes. (IMPORTANT – Lighting requests can’t be implemented until the new system’s anticipated installation, programming, and testing work ends on or about Nov. 9, 2023.)
All special lighting requests must be made by application to the Commission and MUST BE RECEIVED at least 30 days in advance of a date that is being requested. Approval of respective eligible requests is at the sole discretion of the Commission. Requests made via, or including, petitions and/or social media campaigns will not be considered. There are no automatic request renewals; applicants for lighting requests must be filed annually to be considered. The Commission also does not accept lighting requests more than 12 months in advance of a requested lighting date.)
The Commission’s full lighting policy, an application form, annual lighting schedule, and additional information is below. (Note: The Commission may change its lighting policy at any time without notice.)
The Northampton Street Bridge — colloquially known as the Easton-Phillipsburg “free bridge” — is the second oldest bridge in the Commission’s 20-bridge system. It was constructed in 1895 and 1896 for the former Easton Delaware Bridge Company, which then operated it as a tolled crossing for approximately 25 years. The Commission has owned the bridge since July 1, 1987. It has a unique cantelever truss design mimicking the profile of a suspension bridge with two towers. The only other bridge like in the world is the Liberty Bridge in Budapest, Hungary. The website HistoricBridges.org rates the Northampton Street Bridge a 10 out of 10 for national and local significance.
Because of the bridge’s unique engineering lineage and its strategic importance along the riverfronts of Easton, PA. and Phillipsburg, N.J., the Commission decided to outfit the structure with a programmable color-changing LED architectural lighting system. It is the first bridge superstructure in the Commission’s system to be fully outfitted with an architectural lighting. (Note: The Commission outfitted its Lower Trenton Bridge’s iconic Trenton Makes The World Takes sign with programmable color-chaning LED lights in 2018, but that system is confined solely the sign and not the bridge’s architectural profile.)