CORVALLIS, Ore. – The lights of Morrison Bridge, one of three iconic spans connecting east and west Portland, will glow orange for 11 nights starting Nov. 23, as Oregon State University prepares for its annual “Civil War” football game against the University of Oregon.
The more than 1,000 light-emitting diodes (LED) adorning the 265-foot span will be “Powered by Orange,” in conjunction with OSU’s new spirit-building campaign, which has been prominent in Portland in recent weeks. They’ll go on each day at dusk, turn off at 1 a.m., and go back on from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m., say officials with the Multnomah County Department of Transportation.
The lights will not only display an attractive orange glow, but in the best spirit of OSU, known for its environmental values and alternative energy research, they’ll do so in an energy-conscious fashion, using only 82 watts of electricity for each of 32 fixtures on the span. The bridge, built in 1954, was formerly illuminated by halide lights that drew 1,000 watts each.
OSU will take on Oregon in its annual season-ending rite at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Eugene in a game that could have Rose Bowl implications. Both teams are currently ranked in the Associated Press top 20, with the Beavers having won five of their last six games and the Ducks having won eight of their last nine.
Portland is a key location to rally Beaver Nation in advance of that contest: More than 40,000 alumni call the greater Portland area home, which is more than one-quarter of the university’s living alums.
Costs associated with the bridge lighting are being shared by Bob Miller, morning radio host for KPAM, the Portland flagship station of the Beaver Sports Radio Network, and Pat Reser, co-chair of The Campaign for OSU, a $625-million fund-raising effort that has brought more than $540 million in donations thus far.