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Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« on: August 18, 2015, 08:00:25 PM »

Dallas Business Journal report

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/print-edition/2015/03/27/walking-bridge-paves-way-for-former-texas-stadium.html

The area is still mostly a wasteland, with TxDOT occupying the entire stadium site. However, as of June it looked like TxDOT had shut down the beam fabrication facility, since the beam storage area was vacant (it previously had hundreds of beams) and there were two big holes in the side of the building.  However, the nearby concrete batch plant still appeared to be operational. The beam fabrication facility produced beams for the LBJ express (which is just about complete) and Tarrant County Express (first phase complete), and I'm thinking that beam demand has diminished to near zero.



So basically there is nothing out there but the City of Irving wants to get the "signature" bridge built to promote redevelopment. I put signature in quotes because the depiction does not look too impressive.



The depiction does seem to accommodate the 4-2M-2M-4 planned ultimate buildout. But the work underway further west is doing a quick-and-dirty addition of one managed lane in each direction, so I'm thinking the ultimate buildouf of 4-2M-2M-4 is in the distant future. Currently there is a section about two miles long built to the ultimate plan and the interior managed lanes are derelict. I was thinking they may never be used, but most likely they will be put into service when those single-lane managed lanes are opened.



 




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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2015, 11:59:39 PM »

By "signature" they mean, something other than a concrete girder span.
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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2015, 03:46:13 PM »

By "signature" they mean, something other than a concrete girder span.

I should have clarified the meaning of signature for those not in North Texas. In North Texas, when a bridge is built as a fancy architectural monument rather than a basic, utilitarian structure, then it is a signature bridge. The main signature bridges in Dallas are the Margaret Hunt-Hill and Margaret McDermott Bridges.

The first arch of the Margaret McDermott bridge was completed early this morning.
http://transportationblog.dallasnews.com/

This project is called a signature bridge in planning documents (see below). At $30.3 million, it is quite expensive for an overpass. It looks like $11 million is local funding, probably from Irving and probably the cost of the enhanced pedestrian bridge.




Margaret Hunt-Hill bridge


Margaret McDermott Bridge




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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 11:14:22 PM »

The precast beam fabrication yard has been removed from the Texas Stadium site. The site is now a cleared brownfield once again, like it was in 2010 after the demolition.

The cost of the signature bridge has gone up to $51.2 million, from $38 million. The start date is still listed at March 2017. It is unclear to me if the scope expanded, or if inflation is the cause, or if the signature feature is enhanced. See page 232 of this document http://www.nctcog.org/trans/tip/17-20/documents/17-20STTCActMar.pdf

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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2016, 07:26:29 PM »

Dallas Business Journal report

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/print-edition/2015/03/27/walking-bridge-paves-way-for-former-texas-stadium.html

The area is still mostly a wasteland, with TxDOT occupying the entire stadium site. However, as of June it looked like TxDOT had shut down the beam fabrication facility, since the beam storage area was vacant (it previously had hundreds of beams) and there were two big holes in the side of the building.  However, the nearby concrete batch plant still appeared to be operational. The beam fabrication facility produced beams for the LBJ express (which is just about complete) and Tarrant County Express (first phase complete), and I'm thinking that beam demand has diminished to near zero.

So basically there is nothing out there but the City of Irving wants to get the "signature" bridge built to promote redevelopment. I put signature in quotes because the depiction does not look too impressive.





$50+ million for a FOOTBRIDGE?  What are they building it out of, titanium?  Besides, what is going in at the old Texas Stadium site that would cause one to walk there?

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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2016, 03:44:04 PM »

[quote rte66man]
$50+ million for a FOOTBRIDGE?  What are they building it out of, titanium?  Besides, what is going in at the old Texas Stadium site that would cause one to walk there?

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Nothing, yet.  So this is a big-ego big-dreamer bridge to (and from) nowhere.

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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2016, 04:12:40 PM »

Texas knows how to live up to that old adage, "Everythin's bigger in Texas, y'all."
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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2020, 11:05:31 PM »

"Massive Lifts Help Speed Bridge Construction"

https://www.enr.com/articles/49395-massive-lifts-help-speed-bridge-construction

It appears this bridge was challenging to build. The article says the traffic lanes are open.

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Re: Texas Stadium site: "Signature" bridge planned
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 06:06:07 PM »

"Massive Lifts Help Speed Bridge Construction"

https://www.enr.com/articles/49395-massive-lifts-help-speed-bridge-construction

It appears this bridge was challenging to build. The article says the traffic lanes are open.

So I see from the article that is is a combination road/pedestrian bridge.  I still say that was a phenomenal waste of money, especially since there are no plans I've heard of for redevelopment of the site.
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