Trinity River Run in Dallas - March 2, 2013
The Margaret McDermott I-30 Bridge Construction Could Begin in 2013
The Dallas City Council Trinity River Corridor Project Committee unanimously approved a revised $8 million contract with architect Santiago Calatrava to redesign the Margaret McDermott Bridge on April 5, 2011. The revision is intended to expedite construction, reduce costs and include accommodations for pedestrians and bicycles. The modification in designed was covered by the federal and state governments and private donations.
The $8 million Redesign was Funded:
- $5 Million donation from the Trinity Trust Foundation and
- $3.5 million from North Central Texas Council of Governments
Calatrava’s new design was expected to be completed in January 2012. It is anticipated that the number of arches will be reduced. The original plans called for four steel arches.
Federal Funds $92 million
The original cost of the I-30 bridge was $200 million. The Federal component of the cost, is $92 million and is designated solely for this particular bridge to support its “signature elements”. These funds cannot be applied to other projects by the City of Dallas or the State of Texas.
Dallas County helped fund the original design work. TxDOT says the I-30 bridge is at the end of its life expectancy, and engineers want to start construction on a new bridge by the middle of 2012.
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge has motivated development in West Dallas.
Construction could begin on the new bridge 2013, with anticipated completion by the end of 2016.
Organizers have not raised enough money to pay for a third Calatrava signature bridge for I-35-E the Texas Department of Transportation is designing a standard bridge at this time for the third bridge.
Lee Ann Torrans Looks at the Margaret Hunt Hill Trinity River Bridge Santiago Calatrava Designed Project