Why did Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge go dark?




Posted on January 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 11:12 AM

DALLAS -- If you haven't noticed, the bright lights that illuminate the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas' new signature landmark, have been off for weeks.

Only Thursday did crews head out to the bridge to start repairs.

Dozens of lights that usually shine brightly on the bridge's expansive cable system were off. Edward Gray wondered why it has taken the city so long to get the lights back on.

"You need to see lights from a distance," said Edward Gray, a Dallas resident who grew up in West Dallas, near the bridge. "That's what represents a city. When you're driving into a particular city, that's the first thing you see, is the lights."

Ralph Isenberg, who lives in Oak Cliff, drives across the bridge three times a day.

"There hasn't been a crew out here looking at those lights since I've been going over that bridge," Isenberg said.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for sanding and sweeping the bridge. The Dallas Streets Department handles the lights.

Streets department officials said they've had problems with the lights for the last month, and have been working with the contractor who installed the lights and the manufacturer to fix it.

"It's kind of early at this point, but we suspect the rains may have affected the fixtures themselves," said Dallas Streets Director Gilbert Aguilar.

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