PORTSMOUTH, N.H.  — A group of New Hampshire and Maine residents has started a $60,000 campaign to put aesthetic lighting on the new Memorial Bridge.

Committee member Ben Porter tells the Portsmouth Herald that current plans are to install LED lights to illuminate the bridge’s towers, piers and a memorial plaque. He said there may be the ability to change the color of the lights, as well.

The group has contracted with John Powell, owner of Light Time in Space in Allston, Mass., for design work. Powell handled lights for Moakley Bridge near the Boston Children’s Museum and other Charles River bridges.

The new bridge connecting the states is under construction and is expected to be completed by July 2013. The old Memorial Bridge connected the two communities for nearly 90 years.