27 May 2021
In recognition of the first major step in the lifting of the lockdown measures throughout Quebec, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated is ending the rainbow lighting sequence included in the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The bridge will therefore return to its seasonal colours and full intelligent programming starting tomorrow, May 28, at sunset.
When the pandemic began, the “Ça va bien aller” (It’s going to be okay) movement was reflected in the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which was fully lit up in rainbow colours every evening from April to August 2020 inclusively. In September 2020, when students went back to class and workplaces gradually reopened, the bridge illumination resumed its usual programming but with a rainbow-lighting sequence that played for five minutes every hour, as the pandemic continued to affect us all. Starting May 28, 2021, this rainbow sequence will be removed from the schedule and replaced by the usual sparkling light sequence presented every hour.
“We know that the rainbow colours provided some comfort to people during the pandemic, but we are also very happy that the bridge will go back to its full programming. We are celebrating the first major step in the province’s reopening and the start of a ‘new normal’. The bridge will continue to be a unifying symbol with its beautiful illumination that includes an hourly champagne light sequence that calls for celebration,” stated Sandra Martel, JCCBI’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is 91 years old, is the world’s first “people-connected’ bridge. It is illuminated through complex programming that marks the cycle of the seasons with a 365-colour chromatic calendar that includes all the colours of the rainbow.