PROSPECT — Lights on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge are due for rehabilitation in 2024, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The Republican Journal noticed that the lights on the bridge’s pillars never seem to be lit, although those on the support cables are illuminated at night. When we asked Paul Merrill, spokesman for Maine DOT, about the unlit fixtures, he responded that both the fixtures and bulbs date from the construction of the bridge, which opened in December 2006.

His email went on to say, “Maintenance is difficult because of the age of the hardware and the difficulty in accessing the fixtures. The lights have been out for several years.” He added that rehabilitation of the fixtures is scheduled for two years from now.