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‘River Lights in the Rock’ to be Unveiled Dec. 19
‘River Lights in the Rock’ to be Unveiled Dec. 19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Entergy) – For eight months workers from Koontz Electric have been installing arrays of high-tech LED lights on three downtown Little Rock bridges. On the evening of Dec. 19, the dazzling, multicolored display will be unveiled for the public for the first time.

The lights were made possible by donations to commemorate the company’s 100th year in business.

The public is encouraged to attend the official flipping of the switches during a program 5-8 p.m. at the First Security Amphitheater. Sporting new lights are the Main Street, Junction and Clinton Presidential Park bridges.

Hosts of the event, in addition to Entergy Arkansas, are, City of Little Rock, City of North Little Rock, Pulaski County Bridge Public Facilities Board, the Clinton Foundation, and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Entergy Arkansas has much for which to be thankful, and much to celebrate,” said Hugh McDonald, Entergy Arkansas president and chief executive officer. “A century in business is a rare achievement, and we appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of Arkansas’ history since 1913. Bringing this spectacular light show to central Arkansas is our way of saying thank you to our customers, and we look forward to serving them for the next 100 years.”

“This event will do more than simply light three bridges - it will shine a spotlight on our city! This is a project that our citizens can be proud of and visitors will remember forever. I am grateful for all of the great community partners who helped make this project a reality,” said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. As such, it has the potential to bring significant economic benefits to the state by attracting tourism dollars for many years to come.

“Bridges remain our simplest metaphor for connectedness and uplifted civic space.  It’s great that we celebrate the illumination of these bridges by coming together because that was how this project was possible. Cities and corporations, counties and commissions, all came together in the spirit of regionalism.  In that spirit, North Little Rock congratulates Entergy on their 100 years of committed service to Arkansas and one heck of a bright idea,” said North Little Rock Mayor Joe A. Smith.

Entertaining the crowd will be the Natural State Brass Band and the Big Dam Horns. Ottenheimer Market Hall will be open for food and beverages.

See a preview of the light display in this video produced by Entergy Arkansas corporate communications here: https://vimeo.com/76714833.

Entergy Arkansas, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy Corporation’s utilities own and operate power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. The Entergy utilities deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy Corporation has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

(Source: Entergy)