Pedestrian and bike paths were officially opened Thursday morning after a ribbon cutting ceremony.

DALLAS – Dallas residents can finally walk up and see the signature arches of the Margaret McDermott Bridge. The bridge was officially opened to pedestrians and cyclists on Thursday morning.

City, county and elected officials gathered for the ceremony at 10:15 am.

The opening comes after a long wait. Construction of the bridge began in 2013. It was completed in 2017 but never opened to pedestrians after engineers realized the steel bars vibrated in high winds causing cables to tear and one to come loose.

In 2019, Dallas City Council approved a $ 7 million repair to replace steel rod ropes on the arches holding the pedestrian bridge.

“I think at a time when there are so many divisions … it is really amazing and humiliating to be part of the bridge building,” said Pro Tem Deputy Mayor Adam McGough at the ceremony. “We’re allowed to stand here today and say that in Dallas we finished what we started … In a city where we are known for our skyline, this bridge has changed it forever. “

The Margaret McDermott Bridge is the second bridge over the Trinity River, after the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Under the arches of the McDermott Bridge, which are 100 meters high, are bike and pedestrian paths.

The bridge is part of the Horseshoe Project managed by the Texas Department of Transportation to modernize bridges that cross the Trinity River on Interstate 30 and I-35E, ”said the Texas Department of Transportation.

Future connections include the Coombs Creek Trail on the West Dallas side of the Trinity River and Riverfront Complete Street on the East Dallas side of the river, the city said in a May memo.

West Dallas has grown significantly since the bridge was completed. Dallas Business Journal reported. Most notable is the 15-acre Trinity Groves restaurant and retail project right on the bridge. Sylvan 30 is another restaurant and retail area south of Trinity Groves that has grown in recent years. This includes apartment complexes, homes, stores, and shopping for visitors to West Dallas.

“These projects are all part of the city’s master plan to connect neighborhoods with alternative transportation and leisure options to live, work and play in the city,” the city said.

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