BAE Systems, the British defense contractor that runs one of the U.S. Navy ship repair businesses in Barrio Logan, has contributed $300,000 to a project that would bathe the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge with artistic lighting at night.
BAE presented the Board of Port Commissioners with a check on Aug. 9.
The Port of San Diego set a goal to light the bridge by its 50th anniversary in 2019. The price of the project is estimated at $8 million.
BAE contributed the funds because the port requires public art as part of new construction projects. BAE plans to bring in a large new dry dock to increase its ship repair capacity. BAE’s contribution follows a $31,000 contribution in 2013.
The developers of the mixed-use BRIC project at Lane Field contributed $100,000 to the bridge lighting effort earlier this year, according to the port.
So far project organizers have received about $455,000.
The lighting project was designed by U.K.-based artist Peter Fink.
Caltrans oversees the bridge. The state agency and the port are combining efforts to light the bridge, though money is not coming out of the agencies’ general funds. The San Diego Foundation is overseeing a special nonendowment fund for the project.
From 2013 to 2015, the lighting initiative was paused due to budget issues, according to a statement from the port. It is now being reactivated.