DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- Seven years after reconstructed main lanes of I-30 mail lanes opened across the Trinity River west of Downtown Dallas, the cable-stayed bridge supporting pedestrians and bicyclists opened. The Margaret McDermott Bridge was designed by Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
The bridge was scheduled to open in 2017, but inspections raised concerns cables connecting the deck to the supporting structure might fail as they vibrated in the wind.
The City of Dallas approved $7 million to repair the anchor system.
"We've been working on this my entire entire tenure here," says City Manager TC Broadnax.
The bridge opened Thursday with a fun run and bike ride around both directions.
"Dallas has come a long way since I moved here seven years ago," one woman who was riding her bike said.
"This is another way to get across town," another cyclist said. "The big challenge we have in having a cycling-friendly city is bridges."
City Councilman Lee Kleinman, whose last term ends next week, says the opening of bike and walking lanes will let people travel among Downtown Dallas, Bishop Arts, Trinity Groves and Oak Cliff without needing a car.
"This focuses on rebuilding, expanding and improving mobility in the mixmaster where IH-30 and IH-35 converge on Downtown Dallas," Kleinman says. "The Margaret McDermott Bridge and the two pedestrian and bicycle bridges connect motorists and pedestrians to jobs, entertainment, leisure and the business community."
The entire Dallas Horseshoe project, rebuilding the I-30-35E interchange, cost $798 million.
TxDOT paid to rebuild the I-30 bridge over the Trinity, costing $120 million. The city used local funds, donations and federal money to pay for the cable-stayed part of the bridge, which totaled about $113 million.
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