Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Valley Breeze article: Local pair say it was all about collaboration on 'gorgeous' bridge

Abernathy, a North Providence resident and president of Abernathy Lighting Design on Thomas Street in North Providence, is the woman drawing wide praise for her elaborate light system on the new Pawtucket River Bridge.

Working closely with Richard Ventrone and his Ventrone Architecture, of North Scituate, Abernathy says she couldn't be happier with the final result of the new bridge, a project that was more collaborative than any she had ever worked on before.

"This bridge is so gorgeous during the day, in so many ways it was easy to light, because it just begged for it," she said, adding that the look of the bridge by day gives the lighted bridge "strength and boldness at night."

Abernathy said she is not surprised by all of the positive feedback on the new I-95 bridge in Pawtucket, but emphasized that the final product wouldn't be a success without all the work done before she and fellow designer Jason Rainone came along, especially the input of a Pawtucket bridge design task force. The $83 million bridge looks so great that officials from the Department of Transportation should submit the project for a national award, she said. 

He's worked on many Rhode Island bridges, said Ventrone, but this is the first one where the final product wasn't just a result of trying to "ornament" the bridge once the basics were in place. Even the Providence viaduct project, which is now commencing, is not being done with the kind of thoughtful consideration and open-mindedness that happened with the planning and construction of the Pawtucket River Bridge, he said.
"I don't think I'm ever going to work on anything as monumental as this," said Ventrone. "This was a team of people really coming together to make something great, and that's rare."

To read the full article, check out the Valley Breeze's website! The article also features a video collection of photos of the new bridge!

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