Tonight the Margaret Hunt Hill (MHH) Bridge will light up the Dallas skyline and will remain lit for the next two weeks. The MHH Bridge, which connects West Dallas and North Oak Cliff with Downtown Dallas, is one of five bridges that are to be built across the Trinity River Corridor. The bridge is set to open in March with a weekend long celebration including, fireworks, art booths, and other entertainment. The total estimated cost of the bridge is $115 million. The Hunt Petroleum Company of Dallas contributed $12 million to the overall Trinity River project and was given naming rights. Some interesting facts about the bridge:
- It will feature six lanes for traffic
- The “signature” portion of the bridge will span 1,200-feet in length
- Steel used in the construction of the bridge was manufactured in Italy and the designer is world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava
- A 400-foot central transverse will hold the structure upright
- You can see a live updates every minute
Two more bridges that are currently in design phase are, the IH-30 and IH-35E bridge. The IH-35E NAFTA highway bridge could potentially impact over 40 million travelers per year!
Those traveling in Dallas tonight let me know how the bridge looks and your thoughts on the Trinity River project!