Slow Boat to Dallas

First pieces of signature bridge arrive in Texas

Portions of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge's arrived in the Port of Houston from Italy this week.

 The bridge's steel arch and supporting girders will be trucked to Dallas over the next several weeks.

When the steel arrives, work on the bridge's arch and main expanse between Singleton Boulevard and Woodall Rodgers Freeway will begin.
"The arrival of the steel is an important next step for this significant city project. We are delighted that this project continues to move forward," said Mayor Leppert. "Soon everyone will be able to see the impressive display of this arch rising over the Trinity River."
The City of Dallas and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that construction of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will continue to move forward.
The Corps said the permit for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge has been extended for four more years, paving the way for its construction to continue inside the levees.
The permit is a requirement of the Corps for construction within the floodway.
"Clearly, this project is moving forward and the action taken today shows that the Corps is committed to working with the City of Dallas side by side on the construction projects and during the mitigation process," said Mayor Leppert. "Work will continue simultaneously as the City, Corps and various agency partners address areas of the levee system which may need to be fixed."
Construction of the bridge is expected to be complete in Spring 2011.
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