Bridge Inspectors Overcome Fear to Check Dallas Bridge

People who dangle hundreds of feet in the air for a living are sure to attract attention and curiosity, but theirs are jobs someone has to do.

Bridge inspectors who work at the top of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas are no different, and they gave NBC 5 a glimpse of what it's like to work 450 above the Trinity River.

"I would love to say I'm always used to it at any height, but you always, that very first look, you go, 'This is where I am. This is where I'm working this week," said bridge engineer Peter Harrison.

In order to reach the top of the bridge, the inspectors have to climb 30 platforms, hauling hundreds of pounds of equipment.

After making the climb, they arrange a system of cables that help them suspend in the air, getting a look at the bridge up close.

"We got a camera and notepad and pen, so pretty much hands-free the entire time," said bridge inspector Matt Bruno.

Each person has a specific job, using cables and ropes to work their way down the bridge.

"So you had the gentlemen beside me, who are managing where the ropes were, but my job was to make sure there wasn't any damage to the rope during their actual work," Harrison said.

While they are suspended, the team documents any wear and tear along the span of the bridge.

The group said these bridge check-ups are all very similar no matter how tall, how high up in the sky they are.

The inspections are federally mandated, Harrison said.

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