Blessing the Bridge

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dedication Ceremony

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    Aztec Dancers help bless the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge during a sunrise celebration.

    Dallas native Mattie Dozier is one of hundreds who took this Sunday to snap pictures, enjoy the view, ride a bike and take a stroll on the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

    "This was the last chance that we would have to walk across the bridge, I'm up for anything that's last chance wanted to see it up close," said Dozier.

    At today's bridge dedication ceremony, city and state leaders spoke about the importance of the completion of the bridge to the community.

    Blessing the Bridge

    [DFW] Blessing the Bridge
    City leaders and residents bless the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

    "The greatest reward for a public servant is to fight hard against real obstacles to stick with it and then see the end result and say it was really worth it, and I'm saying that this morning," said U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

    And Dallas Mayors past and present were on hand. "Hopefully it's a symbol of that great transformation to make us a great city," said Mayor Mike Rawlings.

    Former Mayor Laura Miller expressing the significance of both sides of town connecting through the completion of the bridge. "We had hundreds of people walking from the west and hundreds of people walking from the east, and we all met in the center, and we all smiled at each other, and we said this is what we were waiting for," said Miller.

    U.S. Ambassador Ron Kirk and former Mayor Tom Leppert were also on hand to witness the celebration.  Both were excited about the new opportunities for local businesses in North Oak Cliff .

    But for people who live in the area, it's not just about bridging the gap but about making the people who live there proud. 

    "It will really bring some more people to this end of town and that's needed, really really needed," said Dozier. "I'm impressed and proud I really really am!"