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Dallas Designer Bridge Okayed With Levee Remediation

Trinity Parkway Conceptual Drawing
Trinity Parkway Conceptual Drawing

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX –

Dallas has the green light to resume work on the first designer bridge over the Trinity River.

The Corps of Engineers halted work on the access ramps to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge after sand' around the bridge supports raised concerns about levee integrity. But, Kevin Craig, with the Corps of Engineers says he's confident the 120 million dollar bridge - with pillars "in" the levees -- will not compromise flood protection.

Craig: We did specific investigations for this area; specifically focused on the area of the bridge. So, we had the data to develop the analysis that gave us that confidence.

There will have to be some remediation. Mayor Tom Leppert says a "seepage berm" along the west levee was already planned, and will not have a financial impact.

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