On October 22, Take a Walk, Ride Your Bike or Just Hang Out on the Cedar Crest Bridge

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The Cedar Crest bridge as it looks today. Now, try to imagine one side full of bikers, walkers and other amenities.
In December of last year, the city of Dallas put out the call: Design firm needed to draw up pedestrian and bicycle enhancements for the Cedar Crest Bridge over the Trinity River. In May, the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee was told that 13 firms had stepped forward with proposals for the project, which had been expanded to allow for "vehicular access to the floodway and pedestrian and bicycle connections to Moore Park" and which is being funded with $5.3 million, about half of which comes from the '98 Trinity Parkway bonds. One month later, the council signed off on a deal to pay Halff Associates $550,000 for the engineering design.

But, funny thing: This morning, Jason Roberts posted to Better Block a heads-up that come October 22, for a few hours at least, that very same stretch of bridge will be converted into hike-and-bike destination -- just ... like ... that. Well, like this, actually:
Two auto lanes of the Cedar Crest Bridge (which connects South Dallas to East Oak Cliff) will be converted into a large pedestrian and bike esplanade complete with landscaping, seating, historical markers, and more. The project is being developed to test the potential to permanently readapt the bridge and create a destination which links both sides of the river, while providing access to the Trinity Trail.
Brent Brown of the City Hall-based CityDesign Studio, which is also involved in the bridge transformation, says this morning that the design for the makeover's "coming along great."

He adds that the public will actually get to look at Halff's renderings during the October 22 "Better Bridge" event, which is part of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff's "History Ride of Ray Charles' South Dallas" and Go Oak Cliff's Second Annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ wingding.

"I've seen some glimpses of" Halff's design, says Brown, "and I think it'll be a great bridge connecting our city across the river." The Better Block event won't be "mimicking the design," he says, "just creating an experience."

From the sound of it, both Halff and Better Block are planning on using that divider to split the bridge in half: On one side will be the cars; on the other, cyclists and pedestrians. "It'll be a public experience built around public input," says Brown. "Between this and Moore Park and the Santa Fe Trestle, this is becoming a nice collection of investments in a part of the city not well invested in historically."

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WOO WOO
WOO WOO

I walked across the bridge one time and got honked at. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Comparing this to the High Line is setting himself up for disappointment. It's not even the same type of project. I applaud the efforts but it seems that the Better Blockers are better at setting up props and promoting themselves than creating permanent infrastructure, which costs real money.

lorlee
lorlee

You know, this whole Trinity thing was Halff's idea to keep themselves in business.

We need to be done with all these consultants.  $550,000 would buy a lot of books for the library.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

but but but but it's EAST of I35!!  DANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rangers100
Rangers100

1) He was simply saying the High Line was their inspiration for this project.  Not "comparing" the High Line to this project.2) Ahhh, yes.  The inevitable "it's not permanent!!!" noise that utterly misses the point of the demonstrations.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

It won't be long before the library won't need books.  Thanks Robert for the heads up on DPL lending books to Kindle users.  I was happy with my Kindle before but now I'm saving a bunch of money too.Thanks DPL too.

Back to the bridge...maybe for commuting but not much of an attractive place to ride in immediate vicinity of both ends of that bridge.

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Why do you say that? Where is your Police information to justify your comment? OR is it just another racist assumption?

lorlee
lorlee

You may want to take note of the fact that the library has only something like 4500 ebooks.  While I have a very nice color Nook, I don't expect that there will be universal coverage of ereaders any time soon.  Still going to need those books. 

Nunya
Nunya

I think he was being sarcastic.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

You're more right than wrong now but the e readers will get much less expensive and books more expensive.  Paper costs, shipping, stacking, refurbing, gas and time costs to get to library etc.etc. as well as the great convenience will easily drive people to e readers and virtual national libraries will be the norm.  I don't understand how the business model works for Amazon and libraries and why they are free, but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.There is a lot of free WiFi out there, some of the readers are getting the tablet PC capablities, it's a big snowball and only going to get bigger.....

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