PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A group of New Hampshire and Maine residents wants to see the new Memorial Bridge become a “nighttime icon” with aesthetic lighting.

The group wants to use LED lights to illuminate the pier, the tower and a plaque on the bridge that will connect Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

Ben Porter of Kittery said that for $60,000, the bridge could be illuminated by white lights; for a little more, it could showcase other colors.

The group hired John Powell, owner of Light Time in Space in Allston, Mass., for some design work using $5,000 in donations. Powell illuminated the Moakley Bridge near the Boston Children’s Museum and other Charles River bridges.

The proposal includes five years’ worth of operating costs. Portsmouth and Kittery would cover the costs after five years.

Porter told the Portsmouth Herald that with agreements from both communities, the illumination panel will be ready to start raising money.

That effort would be coordinated by the Portsmouth Historical Society, so that all contributions would be tax-deductible.

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