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It took awhile but the lights on the Margaret Hunt Hill signature bridge in Dallas came on Tuesday evening.
After years of watching cables, pillars and arches put into the place, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas is even more noticeable.
On Tuesday night, Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings flipped the switch on the bridge's lights. The 200 fixtures, spaced every 20 feet, took awhile to warm-up in the cold weather but eventually they bathed the newest addition to the Dallas skyline in brilliant, white light.
The bridge will stay illuminated for two weeks before being turned on permanently the weekend of March 2.
World-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava designed the bridge over the Trinity River, and several others for the city of Dallas that have yet to be built.
Construction on the six-lane, multimillion-dollar bridge began in 2007. The bridge connects West Dallas to downtown and extends the Woodall Rodgers Freeway west across the Trinity River.
The grand opening celebration, "Bridging The Trinity For The Love of The City," will take place March 2-4.
It will cost $200 per person to attend Friday night's bridge celebration party, which is headlined by a performance from Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. The Bridge-O-Rama party will also feature "bridge tunes," celebrity chefs, pedicab rides and Calatrava-inspired architectural costumes up to 14-feet fall.
The event is capped off by a fireworks show. The money from the fundraiser goes to The Trinity Trust.
Saturday morning the Eighth Annual Trinity River Levee Run will be followed by a free street fair featuring local bands, costumed performers, food and fireworks. On Sunday, the public is invited to see the sun come up and attend a sunrise blessing and ribbon cutting.