BRIDGING THE TRINTY FOR THE LOVE OF THE CITY
Documentary premieres June 13 on WFAA-TV Ch. 8
The Trinity Trust presents a documentary about the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge titled Bridging The Trinity For The Love Of The City on June 13 on WFAA-TV Channel 8 at 6:30 p.m. The 30-minute film illustrates the building of the cable-stayed bridge beginning with the first announcements in 2001 and completing with the opening celebrations in 2012.
Dr. Gail Thomas, president and CEO of The Trinity Trust, said, “In March, more than 40,000 people attended the opening celebration of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. With this film, we can relive that celebratory moment and all of the dramatic moments leading up to it. On June 13, we will watch how this bridge was built, from the groundbreaking and topping off of the arch to the stringing of cables and three-day opening celebration.” The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration was co-hosted by the City of Dallas, The Trinity Trust and the Trinity Commons Foundation.
More than a decade in the making, the half-hour special is the work of award-winning, veteran documentary team of Judy Kelly, producer/writer, and Ginny Martin, photographer/editor.
Beginning with Ambassador and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk’s appeal to the community in 2001, which began the public/private partnership to finance the signature bridge, and ending with a challenge for the public to support efforts to reclaim the Trinity River, the program introduces all of the bridge builders, led by Spanish artist, architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava.
Featured in the program are the many architects, engineers, truck drivers, ironworkers, welders, crane operators, cable installation crews, electricians and highway constructors who worked on the bridge, as well as the politicians, philanthropists and the community representatives behind the effort to build Calatrava’s first vehicular bridge in America.
Through Hunt Petroleum, the Hill family made a lead gift in honor of their mother, Margaret Hunt Hill, for Dallas to have an iconic bridge. The Eugene McDermott Foundation also contributed generously to the bridge.
In addition, the documentary includes footage of middle school students who built a 20-foot model of the cable-stayed bridge after they visited the bridge construction site and spoke with the engineers. During the Engineering Workshop, sponsored by The Trinity Trust in partnership with SMU’s Summer Youth Program of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMU’s Talented and Gifted Program, the teenagers express how the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will better connect Dallas and its citizens.
Bridging The Trinity For The Love Of The City concludes with scenes of the community gathered on the bridge including the Parade of Builders and West Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Giants, a levee run, a street fair, and opening ceremonies to celebrate this hallmark of the greater Trinity River project.
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