The Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas is finally open to walkers and cyclists
It’s about four years late, but the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas is finally safe and open to pedestrians and cyclists.
DALLAS – It’s about four years late, but the Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas is finally safe and open to pedestrians and cyclists.
The Margaret McDermott Bridge is one of two Dallas bridges designed by the internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.
For years it has only been open to Interstate 30 traffic.
The bike paths along the side of the bridge were slated to open in 2017, but never because of fears that the wind could cause the ropes and anchors to fail.
After a few finger tips about who was responsible for the safety issues, the Dallas City Council agreed to pay for the repairs.
It spent $ 7 million to replace the bridge’s cable anchor system.
On Thursday, Dallas city leaders are celebrating the opening with a ribbon-severing and fun run where riders and bikers can cross the bridge for the first time.
“The city of Dallas, we are known for our skyline. It has changed forever because of this bridge,” said Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough.
“It has been changed so that everyone has equal access and we have these amazing bike and running trails,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
After the cost of the bridge rose from $ 74 million to $ 100 million in 2013, the then deputy city manager told councilors that the city was working with the contractor to save money through value engineering.
One of the big problems was the stress test of the cables and bars.
To save $ 30,000, city officials authorized the city to skip this step.
And in 2019, the council approved a $ 7 million payment to replace the cables.
“It’s one of those things that you’ve already invested so much money in that you have to quit,” said Dallas City Councilor Lee Kleinman.
“When you see how nice it is not to be able to run, it’s a nuisance for four years,” added runner Robert Diggles.
City Councilor Chad West said the city has not given up on persuading the responsible companies to reimburse the costs.
“We had to figure out our total cost,” he said. “Now that we’re done, we can track those responsible and we have to do that.”
While the bridge’s namesake, philanthropist Margaret McDermott, didn’t see that day, her granddaughter said she was proud.
“One of the times she smiled the most was when she was on that bridge,” said Grace Cook.
Margaret McDermott Bridge is open to pedestrians and cyclists
Several years late and millions of dollars over budget, a bridge in Dallas is finally ready. The cycle and pedestrian paths on Margaret McDermott were supposed to open in 2017, but never for safety reasons.