We’ll See the Hoan Bridge in Lights by the End of the Summer

The Hoan Bridge will soon be a beacon of light.

We’re all looking for the light at the end of the 2020 tunnel. And that light may just be provided by the community organization Light the Hoan, who plans on installing lights along the iconic Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge. 

The organization announced Wednesday that, after a two-year fundraising campaign, it has enough money to begin installing lights on the west side of the bridge by the end of the summer. The group has raised $2.5 million of its $3.5 million goal.

Light the Hoan is a local collective of businesses and civic leaders who want to illuminate and celebrate Milwaukee and create a symbol of unity. Anyone can dedicate a bulb and “shine a light” on an individual or group doing great work in Milwaukee. 

The group recognizes that lighting the Hoan Bridge is not a sufficient solution to large issues in Milwaukee, such as poverty and segregation, but hopes the project will act as a platform for highlighting these issues and raising awareness. 

As part of that mission, Light the Hoan plans on dedicating one day a month to a local non-profit by lighting the bridge in the non-profit’s colors. 

Additionally, the group is spearheading a program called Code the Hoan, “which creates unique STEM education opportunities for local students who will be able to program the lights on the bridge,” co-founder Michael Hostad said in a statement.

Light the Hoan is giving us some much-needed light, quite literally, in this dark time of canceled events and Zoom get-togethers. Hang in there, Milwaukee. 

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Marla Hiller is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a junior at Boston University majoring in international relations and minoring in journalism