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Trenton Makes the World Takes

IBEW restores iconic bridge in Trenton

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Jul 25, 2018

If you have taken Amtrak from Washington DC to New York or Boston, you probably have seen the famous Trenton Bridge. For decades the bridge has been lit up with a sign saying “Trenton Makes The World Takes.” This famous sign was a leftover from a time in which Trenton was one of the largest steel cable producers in the country. Bridges around the world are currently being held up by cables made in Trenton.

While Trenton no longer is a leader in steel production the sign has remained. First built in 1911 the sign has endured. Now over 100 years later, IBEW 269 is bringing the sign into the modern era. They are replacing the white lights with new neon ones that will allow it to be better seen and night at to light up in different colors during special events like St. Patrick’s Day or during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out the video that the IBEW created on the work being done.


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