That New Sylvan Ave. Bridge? Oh, Right ...
Back in '08, time was of the essence for one big reason: "Needs to be ahead of Trinity Parkway, which begins construction mid-2010." (Heh.) Since then, the state's come in twice since the fall of '07 and said it's in "fair" shape, except for the parts that are in "poor" condition. (Which I forget every time I take out-of-towners and the 7-year-old who lives in my house on that particular roller-coaster ride.) Hence the need for speed: On Tuesday the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee will be told there needs to be an October 7 public hearing, which is necessary at this late date to remind folks that the city and TxDOT are indeed moving ahead with the extreme bridge makeover, which will close Sylvan Ave. between the levees for a whole year, create all kinds of detours and cut off access to the Trammell Crow Park (a bummer, no doubt, for those who like to paint their names on those marble cows).
According to the latest time line, the final design's due next month, with "final approval of environmental document" coming in March. Construction's set to start in August '11, with the big finish coming in December '12. Then again, Trinity Parkway construction is set to begin in mid-2010.