Large steel pieces of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, a signature part of the city's vision for the Trinity River, have begun to arrive in Dallas.
The massive white bridge designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava has served as a symbol of both the promise and the problems of the entire Trinity project.
Beset for years by a series of delays and cost overruns, it is now mired in a struggle between the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the conditions of the Trinity River levees.
The corps has agreed to let the bridge be built within the levees but has prohibited construction of approaches that will link the bridge to the Woodall Rodgers freeway.
Despite that, arrival of the first pieces of steel in Dallas does mark a significant step forward for construction of a rising white arch that city officials hope will become an emblem of the Dallas skyline.
A piece of the large round arch is presently being stored just off South Industrial Boulevard near Corinth Street.