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Dallas Texas is Erecting a Calatrava Designed Suspension Bridge on the West Side of Downtown

The main single support tower will rise over 400 ft above the banks of the Trinity River and the suspended part of the bridge will be over 1,000 ft long. Prep work has been going on now for many months with a delay for a while because further engineering studies were needed to study where the tower was being placed and if it would be stable for the life of the structure. It will be a 6 lane road that is canterlevered from a main support box structure that will be suspended from cables running from the center arch.

First set of photos were taken around June 1, 2010, the arch peak was dropped in on Sat the 26th of June but it was still attached to the crane on Monday the 28th. As of May 14th 2011 they have started to hang the cables that will support the deck of the bridge.

Feb 24, 2012 Well the bridge itself is pretty much finished they just need to connect all the other roadways to it so it is running now about 3 weeks behind schedule (said rain is the delay though there have been few rain days that would delay it in the last 3 months). Turns out that it ran WAY over budget- budget was around 120 Million and it is now at $182,000,000.00!!! Wonder who is being hit for the other $60+ Mill? A normal state financed bridge of this size would run under $40 Mil but the connecting system may have pushed that up a bit to say $50 but the OVERAGE on this bridge is higher than the cost of a traditional Bridge and connector system COMPLETE!
here is a live cam at http://www.trinityrivercorridor.com/bridgepics/index_nojava.html
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Looking East at the first part of the Arch  and the center support of the suspension deck being installed
Looking East at the first part of the Arch and the center support of the suspension deck being installed
Crane setting the center structure that the canterlevered roadbed will be supported by along with the cables from the arch
Crane setting the center structure that the canterlevered roadbed will be supported by along with the cables from the arch
calatrava bridge and singleton 006.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 006.JPG
This box shaped structure will have the road deck cantelevered on it and then supported by the arch, grey towers are temporary
This box shaped structure will have the road deck cantelevered on it and then supported by the arch, grey towers are temporary
calatrava bridge and singleton 010.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 010.JPG
One of about 7 center support structures left to be installed
One of about 7 center support structures left to be installed
calatrava bridge and singleton 013.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 013.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 017.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 017.JPG
You can see the second base column that the other side of the arch will rise from , also some pieces of the arch
You can see the second base column that the other side of the arch will rise from , also some pieces of the arch
On the East side of the Bridge you can see how the center structure will have the deck support pieces attached
On the East side of the Bridge you can see how the center structure will have the deck support pieces attached
calatrava bridge and singleton 022.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 022.JPG
Parts of the Arch and the  Second Base for the Arch
Parts of the Arch and the Second Base for the Arch
calatrava bridge and singleton 025.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 025.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 026.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 026.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 029.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 029.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 030.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 030.JPG
You can see how the suspension system will merge with the non-suspension section
You can see how the suspension system will merge with the non-suspension section
This Shaped Piece will semi-float over the concrete tower while it will be supported by the Arch and the Suspension Cables
This Shaped Piece will semi-float over the concrete tower while it will be supported by the Arch and the Suspension Cables
calatrava bridge and singleton 035.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 035.JPG
All of these Grey Towers are just for the consctruction and will be removed to allow the bridge to be suspended by the  Arch
All of these Grey Towers are just for the consctruction and will be removed to allow the bridge to be suspended by the Arch
calatrava suspension bridge
calatrava suspension bridge
Two pieces of the Arch waiting to be installed in the next 30 days or so
Two pieces of the Arch waiting to be installed in the next 30 days or so
calatrava bridge and singleton 043.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 043.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 047.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 047.JPG
The curved piece with the blue tarp is the top of the arch
The curved piece with the blue tarp is the top of the arch
calatrava bridge and singleton 049.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 049.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 053.JPG
calatrava bridge and singleton 053.JPG
Shows the West end of the Calatrava Suspension Bridge and how it will connect with the non-suspension section
Shows the West end of the Calatrava Suspension Bridge and how it will connect with the non-suspension section
The shaped piece with the blue tarps will be raised and fitted into the concrete structure
The shaped piece with the blue tarps will be raised and fitted into the concrete structure
West end of the bridge
West end of the bridge
Calatrava Bridge Construction 001 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 001 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 004 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 004 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 006 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 006 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 008 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 008 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 010 June 3
Calatrava Bridge Construction 010 June 3
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