City Hall: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Won't Be Drivable Till March 29 Now. Or Close To.

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That item below -- the one that says the Texas Department of Transportation is still hoping to open the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to vehicular traffic on March 5, immediately following the Trinity Trust and Bridge-o-Rama's respective now-not-really-opening-weekend wingdings? Forget it. Just forget it. This just came in from Dallas City Hall spokesman Frank Librio and TxDOT's Duane Milligan:
There has been much anticipation regarding the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to vehicular traffic. It was hoped that the bridge could open at the conclusion of the public celebrations on March 4, 2012. However, due to weather conditions, mainly much needed rain, portions of the construction will take a few more weeks than anticipated.

Although TxDOT could have opened portions of the bridge (access from Woodall Rodgers to North Beckley Avenue) on March 5, 2012, the City's public safety officials have advised that due to lack of some signals and ramps not being completed at this time, there is the potential for motorists to be confused, which could lead to accidents and injury.

Therefore, the City will open the bridge when all components are fully functioning in a safe manner. The opening date is anticipated to be March 29, 2012.
How oh how will I ever get to Oak Cliff ... oh, right. Same way I always have.

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15 comments
Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

The ideal opening date would be April 1st April Fools Day.   Now that would be fitting!

Guest
Guest

Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational decorative bridge..... oh wait.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

As I understand it the "bridge" is finished but not all the ramps etc. so it reamins a "bridge to nowhere".

This project has been ongoing for years - was it to much to plan working on completing the bridge AND the approaches concurrently?  Neither one is of much use without the other.

Last fall the completion date was slipped by 4-5 months due to "bad weather" during one of the driest summers in memory.  Are there no performance/penalty clauses in the construction contract for meeting/missing milestone dates?  Or does simply blaming the delay on the weather give them an instant reprieve?

Dalguy
Dalguy

This is just the beginning of the problems for the "Trinity Project" caused by---who would have ever thought--water.

Rockers Mods
Rockers Mods

Sheeeit. We were planning on it being open for rockers vs mods. 

Seeing Eye
Seeing Eye

Bridge is a HUGE waste of money !

RTGolden
RTGolden

So far the score is: Trinity River 3, Dallas 0.1) great big flood that ravaged dallas back in Schutze's younger days.2) 'Family' canoeing attraction that will kill/maim families3) 'Bridge' that doesn't really go anywhere, across a river that barely exists (except when it does; see number 1), and you can't drive on it anyway.

Maybe the bridge is a metaphorical statement reflecting on progress in Dallas in general.

Loin
Loin

What does rain have to do with it? Rain keeps people from working. 

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

I can imagine the look on Gail Thomas' face with the caption... "oh shit, now everyone's gonna think the opening celebration's been postponed as well!!!"

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

The planning of the opening and the bridge being fully functional doesn't seem to have been thought out very well.

Ed D.
Ed D.

I guess I'm at the "bargaining" stage of dealing with a loss since I'm starting to accept that you're really headed for the exits... but please leave us Justin, solar powered water taxis, and any map-toting rangerettes you may have stashed away in your files.

Bigdsenorita
Bigdsenorita

This is the same person who wrote the headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman!"

Lee
Lee

 It does when moving dirt or pouring concrete.

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