We knew that most of the funding was in place to re-install the Bay Lights in a more permanent fashion, in order to have a lifespan of at least 10 years, but today we get news that The Bay Area Toll Authority has approved a $2.1 million contract for Philips Lighting North America Corporation to maintain the light installation for the next decade.
The popular, two-year-old art installation by artist Leo Villareal came down in March as part of a previous agreement with Caltrans due to the fact that the bridge cables are being repainted this year.
As CBS 5 reports, the contract is now complete, cementing the final step before the lights are re-installed in time for Super Bowl 50 in February and the "fan village" that will occupy the foot of Market Street.
The total cost for the next 10 to 12 years of the Bay Lights was estimated at $12 million, and Illuminate the Arts is the organization responsible for the fundraising drive that has made it happen. The final push came from a single, $2 million donation from wealthy philanthropist Tad Taube.