The Charles W Cullen Bridge Scene Is Green

Many Are Asking Why Is The Indian River Inlet Bridge Green

The Charles W Cullen bridge is usually blue at night. The color is intended to not harm or interfere with wildlife, specifically bats. Before the Super Bowl weekend, the lights were switched to green. No one knew why. We have been sitting around the office all week trying to guess too. So of course we Googled, commemorative days in February.
There are several commemorative days for February that would fit in this case and color scheme. We aren’t sure if the Great American Pie one is for the movie or the actual pie. Does anyone even like green Jello? National pizza day is one we can get behind, just not green.

Commemorative weeks and days in February
Week Two — National Flirting Week, Jell-O Week, Freelance Writers Appreciation Week, Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week, National Marriage Week


Some of the more bizarre and popular commemorative days of February we found.
February 9
National Pizza Day
Toothache Day

February 10
Umbrella Day

February 11
Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk Day
Make a Friend Day
National Inventors Day
White T-Shirt Day

February 12
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
National Lost Penny Day
Plum Pudding Day


February 13
Get a Different Name Day
National Wingman Day
Superbowl Sunday – Superbowl 56, date varies

February 14
Clean out Your Computer Day – second Monday of Month
Ferris Wheel Day
National Organ Donor Day
Valentine’s Day

Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
Charles W Cullen bridge spanning the Indian River Inlet bridge lit up green at night. February 2022

We spent all weekend trying to figure this out, then this morning I called DelDOT …

The Charles W Cullen bridge is lit up green due to an error during maintenance last week. A filter or switch wasn’t reset, the lights are not supposed to be green. They are supposed to be blue.
Let’s just say they were a tad surprised to hear it was green. The aircraft warning red light is out on one of the north towers (inside) too. Thank you DelDOT for a highly entertaining weekend in the shop.
Personally I think the bridge looks amazing lit up green. It reminds me of those candle stick looking mosses, or Christmas candles. Maybe that color will keep the Grinches of summer away.

We should ask DelDOT on April 22, 2022 to have the bridge lit green, for Earth Day. That would be a great color to commemorate a day that is representative of everyone’s love for the outdoors. In an area that is used by the largest variety or demographic of outdoors people in Delaware.

The Charles W Cullen bridge is lit up for other occasions each year;


DelDOT Announces The Lighting Of Indian River Inlet Bridge And SR 1 Toll Plazas For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Indian River Inlet Bridge Is Lit Up Purple


Charles W Cullen Bridge Lit Blue And Yellow For Ukrainian Solidarity

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Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
Charles W Cullen bridge spanning the Indian River Inlet bridge lit up green at night. February 2022

The Charles W Cullen cable stayed bridge is the fifth bridge spanning the Indian River Inlet. Because the power of the sea wins in the end and bridges must be replaced. The swing bridge was destroyed by ice, and parts of it are still on the bottom of the inlet. Witnesses, while fishing, felt the ice hitting the bridge the night before, according to Harry Aiken.
The Indian River Inlet bridge, or Charles W Cullen bridge has been a popular fishing spot since it was built. Dedicated in 1940 for Charles W Cullen, Delaware State Highway Commission from 1930 to 1940 and as its chairman from 1938 to 1939.

1934 – Creosote timber bridge
1938 – Concrete and steel swing bridge
1952 – Concrete and steel swing bridge
1965 – Steel girder bridge (widened with another lane in 1976)
2012 – Cable-stayed bridge


  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway
  • Indian river inlet bridge lights, green lights, route 1, coastal highway

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