And Don't Forget the New Sylvan Ave. Bridge

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Click to embiggen for a better look at a cross section of the new and improved Sylvan Avenue bridge.
Sam's bringing bagels and coffee to this morning's meeting of the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee; he's got questions, many questions, specifically about the second Calatrava bridge that was all but dead a month ago till, well, it wasn't no more. There's another bridge on the agenda -- the Sylvan Avenue bridge, which is about to get high, everybody, get high. Shame too, since driving that rickety roller-coaster, per TxDOT's fair-to-poor-in-places rating, really is the third-most fun thing you can do between the levees.

Anyhow. The bridge redo, complete with a 14-foot-wide hike-n-bike path, was supposed to have been done by now, according to the October 21, 2008, briefing Schutze keeps under his pillow: "Needs to be ahead of Trinity Parkway, which begins construction mid-2010." Then it disappeared for a good long while, till making its don't-call-it-a-comeback last fall, at which time the council notified folks that as soon as construction on the redo commences, say adios to Sylvan Avenue, Trammell Crow Park and the Sylvan Boat Ramp till the deed's done (late 2012, at the earliest, but more than likely early '13).

A few things to note in Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan's new update to the council: The $48-million price tag in 2008 is now "approximately $40M," and they've got to begin work on the project quite pronto, as a matter of fact: Oncor has to move power lines, and "we would expect construction activities to initiate in the floodway almost immediately with the installation of the drilled shafts for the new bridge foundations," Jordan writes. "The existing boat ramp will be relocated to the opposite end of the parking lot to avoid conflict the with the new bridge piers."

And, I know: You're wondering how this bridge is being funded. Well: About $9.3 million come from '03 and '06 bond money; $19 mil from TxDOT; and, per the '09 update, "an additional $15.5 million in federal funds and an additional $10.56 million in Regional Tollway Revenue funds were received as a result of appropriations received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." That's more than $54 million, if my math is right, and it probably isn't. If it were real money. And Schutze says it isn't.

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14 comments
Marshalpad
Marshalpad

what ever happened to the WPA? the things they built seem to still be doing a job somewhere, long after they were built. And many folks got to work instead of sitting around complaining. Oh I forgot this is Dallas,so why try, only to find it torn down long before it's time. Hey mr. mayor, oops,we don't have one. Well home at last.

Sam Merten
Sam Merten

No more pics of Suhm in the construction helmet, Robert. That's a command from the city manager herself! Also, Neumann to Jill Jordan: Those levees still holding up? You bet they are!

Montemalone
Montemalone

So, $26.06 mil in fedgubmint money? I know Leppie's done quit 'n all, but hows that gonna look on his anti-DC ravings in the campaign trail?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Both of the last two links refer to the same '09 update... really want to read the new update, since the last one was so accurate. [rolls eyes]

Danny Bollinger
Danny Bollinger

I am so glad that these wonderful bridges are being put up instead of the complete waste of space that could have been the Dallas Cowboys football field. The bridges are sure to bring at least five jobs to the area. Can't wait for the economic development that comes with the bridges that tower over that raging Trinity water way. So awesome!!!!!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

That was just my way of reminding her she never called me back.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Sorry about that, Wylie. Too many docs open at once. It's been fixed.

md
md

I too am happy to see bridges for the public instead of a stadium for Jerry Jones. Crossing the Trinity River without one wouldn't be easy.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Yeah, because the area around Cowboy's Stadium and The Ballpark in Arlington is so bustling. I mean, who wouldn't want to go to a Wal-Mart after attending a game or concert?

ROI
ROI

The Billionplus Dallas Cowboys field that has maybe 5 scheduled events set for the next year?

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