Before bumper to bumper traffic arrives, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was packed with foot traffic Saturday for weekend-long festivities celebrating the completion of the bridge.
“I think it's beautiful and how it lights up, it has some pretty colors and it's very creative,” said grade schooler Leah Haggerty as she walked the bridge with some of the roughly 2,000 people who attended Saturday’s celebrations.
Terri Edwards agrees. The Dallas native says the new skyline addition is something everyone can appreciate.
“When it's lit up at night, you can see it when you're coming from Oak Cliff, north Dallas, south Dallas, east Dallas, west Dallas – you can see this bridge,” she said.
But will people use it to warrant the time, effort and $120 million it cost to build the bridge?
“You know, I was kind of doubtful but now that I see it I think it's great,” said one gentleman admiring the bridge Saturday. “It seemed like such a big investment and where does it go and what for but now that you see it, it's really something,” he added.
The North Texas Council of Governments estimates 42,000 vehicles will use the bridge everyday. Daisy Hernandez says she will be one of those people.
“For me, it'll be easier to get from west Dallas to downtown - just a quick over here and there. I think it'll be really good,” said Hernandez.
Meanwhile, nearby businesses are banking on a boost.
“I'm pretty excited. Hopefully it'll bring more business over,” Francisco Mujica, owner of Texas Elite Barbers, just a few blocks from the west entrance to the bridge
And if it doesn't live up to expectations, at least one person has a suggestion for the bridge's second act:
He said, “At least we can have more music festivals on it.”