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

More Delays for Margaret McDermott Pedestrian Bridge



    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.

    New Study Says Beards are 'Dirtier' Than Dogs

    [NATL] New Study Says Beards are 'Dirtier' Than Dogs

    A recent study suggests that a man's beard contains more germs than a dog's fur. All 18 men's beards studied by researchers at Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic had higher levels of bacteria in them, compared to only 23 out of 30 dogs. Some beards had so much beard bacteria the men could get sick, the study says.

    (Published Wednesday, April 24, 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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