Take a Long Walk Along the Belleview Connector in This Very Animated Rendering

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Way back in May we took a long, hard look at HALFF Associates designer Francois de Kock's Belleview Connector, a proposed bridge -- and "dramatic icon" -- that might one day link Riverfront Boulevard to Jack Matthews's South Side of Lamar. One day. Maybe. Last I looked, which was a while ago, there wasn't any money for it. But there is a video: Not sure how we missed this, but a couple of months back the HALFFs, as opposed to the HALFF-nots, posted this animated look-see at what could be. As in:
The proposed 660 linear foot double suspension bridge spans the Union Pacific Railroad, linking The Cedars neighborhood with Cedars West including Riverfront Boulevard and the Trinity River corridor. The goal is to provide pedestrian and cycling connectivity across the formerly impassable railroad to future parks, trails, and residential / mixed-use development. An arrival plaza serves as a threshold and viewing platform. The plaza and bridge capture and frame spectacular views of the downtown Dallas skyline and the Trinity River basin.

The bridge design comprises 125-foot and 80-foot high steel arches, each holding in suspension two pedestrian decks curved horizontally in opposite directions. The steel arches lean 15 degrees to the vertical, opposite each other. A 50-foot high spiral ramp provides access to the base of the large steel arch on the southwest side of the bridge. A set of steps parallel to the spiral ramp ensures flexibility of use.
I just found this thing, by accident. A last night of Hanukkah miracle.

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Wipe Your Feet
Wipe Your Feet

There won't be enough money to build it after they finish paying for the hazmat cleanup of all the dog waste left by the SSOL residents.

Jessica
Jessica

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Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Will Sim City Dallas be complete with a little animated JWP getting in the way and being annoying about anything you try to build outside of south Dallas and demand his cut for what development you try down there?

And can I cut off all street access to the Park Cities and make them take the brand new subway I'd build for them?

I'd totally build Mt. Dallas out of neighbor's trash and slap a ferris wheel at the top.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

The bridge design comprises 125-foot and 80-foot high steel arches,

So how much of the nearby levee foundation will this kind of Excavation in the water table corrupt ?

 

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

I am disappointed in you, Robert. You find this video and without thinking you just go ahead and post it HALFF-Kocked.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Obviously a fantasy. Where are all those people supposed to come from?

And this article gave me a great idea: Houseboats. On the Trinity.

Jessica
Jessica

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Matt
Matt

this will make it so much easier to go from the cedars to the champs elysees

RTGolden
RTGolden

Let me get this straight.  They want to build a pedestrian bridge from Southside to..... nothing, or a metal recycling yard.  On this bridge they're going to have observation decks overlooking a scrub strewn parking lot on one side and a ditch at the bottom of the wrong side of the levee on the other side.  I guess it could be cool if we really do get Sta-Puft Marshmallow company to come in and build those cool ringworm buildings on the other side of the bridge.  From what I can tell, the only part of the 'Trinity River Basin' you'll be able to see is the levee wall, the ditch at the bottom, and the Toll Road.  Until it sinks.

RC
RC

RWI'm diggin the smoooooooooooooooth jazz music and by the time this gets built, you and I will be able to have solar powered wheel chair races. That spiral curve is gonna be really cool to roll down at 30 mph. Beat ya to the bottom....

Jordan Roth
Jordan Roth

I'm trying to imagine where this thing lets off on Riverfront?  Fuel City Tacos?  Seems pretty pointless...

williamedia
williamedia

Look at the previous article Wilonsky wrote about the project the rendering there shows where the bridge would be built just at the end of Belleview street right behind South Side on Lamar. http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...  

The land where it would land is currently empty where some old warehouses were torn down a couple of years ago to build a massive urban mixed use project and potentially a baseball field. Those projects collapsed due to the economy and who knows when development will return to that very valuable property. Dallas is ripe for development right now and that land is zoned, clean and ready for construction. 

The city is really just trying to connect to the Santa Fe trail on the north side of the Trinity. Right now the Santa Fe trail segment inside of the levees ends right at the levee near Corinth. The city is trying to connect spots where residential development is happening, like South Side, to currently expanding Trinity River amenities like the various trails and the Wave park the city is building down there.

Course the question is why do they need such a expensive bridge to do it? That's for everyone else to discuss. I imagine they were "encouraged" to have something drawn up that could get someone like Mathews Southwest, who owns all the land around South Side, to chip in some money.

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