Many waited patiently to cross Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 29 at 2:46 PM

DALLAS -- The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened to eastbound traffic Thursday afternoon, after hours of waiting.

Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Dallas worked on last minute, final touches before they give the green light to vehicles to try it out.
   
News 8 was on scene at the west side of the bridge where a group of about ten motorcyclists are first in line, revving their engines as the big moment seems to approach.
   
Crews powered up the traffic signals and moved into proper position. They also tweaked a few signs before giving the go-ahead.
  
Traffic will be phased in starting with eastbound traffic getting access over the bridge onto Woodall Rogers.

If that goes smoothly, traffic officials say they will then open traffic going westbound from Woodall Rogers to Beckley or Singleton Boulevard.
   
The east and westbound exit ramps from the bridge to Riverfront Blvd are still under construction around the traffic signals. They are scheduled to open next month.
   
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is giving drivers a new way to travel between downtown and west Dallas by going over the Trinity River.

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com

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