The light towers are the new bridge's major design flourish, and it's going to be really interesting to see them illuminated after so much debate
. Where the former bridge's overlooks were stout towers built of massive (albeit crumbling) stone, its replacement echoes the shape of the old drawbridge's towers but aims for lightness, literally and figuratively. Yes, we lost the old 1920s drawbridge and its jazz-age flourishes, but the new bridge is a safer crossing, especially for cyclists and pedestrians. Hopefully the decorative lighting scheme will improve the new bridge's highway-like aesthetic.
The bike lanes along the bridge – extending from South 33rd Street to South 27th Street - are being painted green, much like the lanes along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Contractors told me they hope to finish the lane painting soon, but they need dry weather.
Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets are painted green.
UPDATE 10/5/11: The Streets Department confirmed that the LED lights will be programmable.