Pawtucket River Bridge to be lit for 'Autism Speaks'

Pawtucket River Bridge to be lit for 'Autism Speaks'

PAWTUCKET - City officials are joining with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for a special lighting of the I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge on Wednesday, April 2, as part of the annual "Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue" campaign.

April 2 marks the 6th annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, when numerous landmarks are lighted blue "to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis," according to the Autism Speaks website, www.liub.autismspeaks.org . Among other landmarks newly participating this year will be New York's Empire State Building.

The I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge will be lighted blue for the occasion. The bridge, reopened in September after an $81 million rebuilding project overseen by the DOT, is equipped with a color-changing lighting system able to display a wide range of color possibilities.