DALLAS –– The Dallas Police Department is reopening the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in time for the evening commute after having to shut it down for much of the day because of ice falling from its arch and pillars.
Police requested the city bring barricades to the bridge and began turning drivers away just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday. At 4 p.m., police decided to reopen portions of it and will watch if the vibrations dislodge any ice.
A police spokesman says ice began falling from the 400-foot arch and landed on the road. Sr. Cpl. Damarquis Black said a driver noticed large sheets of ice plummeting down from the bridge and flagged a police officer, who hurriedly began closing the bridge.
At 2:45 p.m., the thoroughfare remained closed. Ice was still falling at 12:30 p.m., according to the department.
A Texas Department of Transportation camera showed that the exit to the bridge off Interstate 35 was also blocked. Traffic is being diverted onto Riverfront Blvd. and Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
The Dallas Streets Service Department is working in conjunction with police. No vehicles or people have been injured by the falling ice.