More Delays for Margaret McDermott Pedestrian Bridge - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

More Delays for Margaret McDermott Pedestrian Bridge

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    I-30 Pedestrian Walkway Won't Open Anytime Soon

    An NBC 5 viewer asked us to find out when the pedestrian walkway along I-30 over the Trinity River would open, the city says not anytime soon.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    It could be three more years before the Margaret McDermott pedestrian bridge across the Trinity River is open. The bridge was substantially completed in 2017 and was to open that year, but problems with support cables have plagued the structure.

    The $100 million hike and bike paths on both sides of the I-30 highway bridge were designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava. They were a compromise from a much more expensive bridge that was to support the highway crossing, as well. Instead the freeway traffic crosses the river over a standard bridge with support piers under the roadway.

    When NBC 5 last reported on problems with the Hike and Bike bridge in January 2018, city officials hoped the problems could be solved within months.

    A year later, an email from the City of Dallas Wednesday said the city is still waiting for information from the State of Texas about the cost of necessary work on the cables. The email said the cost could be as high as $10 million and up to 36 months of work could be required.

    Golf Ball Kills 6-Year-Old

    [NATL] Golf Ball Kills 6-Year-Old

    Community members in Orem, Utah are in shock after a freak golfing accident killed a little girl. Investigators say 6-year-old Aria Hill was sitting in a golf cart next to a tee box when her father hit a ball that struck her in the back of the head.

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    City officials have been fighting with the state, the contractors and the architect over who should pay for the work.

    Barricades are posted on all entrances to block use of the pedestrian bridges.

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