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Calatrava Bridge in Big D

For years Bob and I were envious of cities with Spanish architect and artist Santiago Calatrava’s sculptural bridges.  It has been fun watching the construction for 3 ½ years and eagerly looking forward to its completion.  Tonight the City of Dallas will light The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in advance of the bridge’s opening to vehicle traffic on March 5.  The lights will stay consistently lit for two weeks, and then be tested intermittently until the bridge opening celebration on March 2-4.  The celebration is described as a chance to run, walk and party on the bridge.

A couple of years ago an unnamed young member of our family who moved from Dallas to Denton got tired of explaining to his classmates what that thing was that was being built over the Trinity River.  He convinced them it was a giant swing.  In his defense it did look like it before the cables were attached.   There will be varying opinions about the bridge but one group who will love it are photographers.  Every time the Trinity River is full they will be lining the levee at sunset to get the perfect shot.  And I think I know at least one of the photographers who will be there.

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  1. Don #

    Great photo. The bridge will provide a dynamic entrance to downtown. Along with the arch and cabling I see several other features, the tall mast, the cross roadway structure, and roadway lighting polls all tied together with the white coating. The moon seems to be watching over the project.

    January 15, 2012
  2. Brenda Bates #

    I can’t wait to shoot it with Bob! GREAT picture!

    January 12, 2012
  3. Claudia #

    Yay! Really enjoy this photo and look forward to one of the bridge lighted and at sunset.

    January 11, 2012
  4. We heard on the news tonight that the second Calatrava bridge will definitely be built and the third Calatrava bridge has a good possibility of being built. If Dallas gets all three bridges it will be spectacular.

    January 10, 2012
  5. b #

    That is too cool!! I wish all cities had bridges like that…nice eye candy!

    January 10, 2012

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