Friday, February 01, 2008

This Man Creates Beauty

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (formerly the Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge) is potentially the first major signature bridge to be constructed across the Trinity River Corridor. The structure will be located between the Continental Avenue and Union Pacific Railroad bridges, and will link West Dallas and North Oak Cliff with downtown Dallas.

World-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava is designing the bridge.

The proposed 1,870-foot structure includes six lanes for vehicular traffic.

The "signature" portion of the bridge will be 1,200-feet in length.

Cables attached to a 400-foot central transverse arch will hold up the structure.

Total estimated cost for the bridge (including connections outside the levees): $115 million (The City’s contribution for bridge construction and right-of-way is capped at $28 million from Trinity River Corridor Project bond funds approved by voters in 1998. Federal and state agencies, and private donations, will provide additional funding for the structure.)”

Design was complete in April 2006.

Construction contract was awarded in October 2006.

Construction is expected to start in March 2007.

The bridge should be completed in mid-2009.

The photographs above and below illustrate the most recent concept for the bridge.

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