Henley Bridge Decorative Lighting Policy

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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MALFUNCTIONING HENLEY LIGHTS TURNED OFF
The decorative lights on the deck of the Henley Bridge have been malfunctioning and have been turned off since early September. The lights began erratically flashing multiple colors, and they had become a distraction to motorists. The City is in the process of reviewing repair options as well as alternative technology. We apologize that requests for commemorative lightings cannot be accommodated at this time. We know how meaningful these lightings are to the Knoxville groups that request them, and it is a priority to restore programmable bridge lighting in order to help promote community events and awareness campaigns. - City staff

Lights on Henley Bridge

Henley Bridge Lights - red and white The City of Knoxville’s Communications Department manages the schedule for the decorative lighting on the Henley Bridge deck.

Priority in choosing colors for the deck’s lights will be given to promoting events that celebrate the City, its civic institutions, City-recognized holidays, public events and festivals. Requests to change the color or pattern of the bridge’s decorative lights will be accommodated as dates are available. The City retains the right to refuse requests.

If multiple requests are made for different colors on the same dates, preference will be given to events that are locally organized and that affect the largest number of Knoxville residents.

Requests from commercial entities seeking to promote a product or service will not be approved. Other types of requests that will not be eligible for consideration include recognition of an individual’s birthday or recognition of marriage anniversaries or weddings.

Anniversaries of public events with Knoxville connections or anniversaries of local landmarks and institutions may be considered. However, those requests may be limited to 1-year commemorations or milestone anniversary years, such as 10th, 25th, 50th or 100th anniversaries.

Local individuals and groups may request that the decorative bridge deck lights be illuminated in a specific color to recognize or commemorate a local event.

MALFUNCTIONING HENLEY LIGHTS TURNED OFF
The decorative lights on the deck of the Henley Bridge have been malfunctioning and have been turned off since early September. The lights began erratically flashing multiple colors, and they had become a distraction to motorists. The City is in the process of reviewing repair options as well as alternative technology. We apologize that requests for commemorative lightings cannot be accommodated at this time. We know how meaningful these lightings are to the Knoxville groups that request them, and it is a priority to restore programmable bridge lighting in order to help promote community events and awareness campaigns. - City staff