DALLAS - An official toast was made Monday morning to mark a milestone in the building of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River in Dallas.
On Saturday, the bridge's signature arch, which stands 400-feet tall, was completed. It was their first major milestone reached towards the completion of the Trinity River Project.
Santiago Calatrava was the designer behind the bridge. The arch is Spanish in style and was built with Italian steel and funded with city, state and federal money. At a cost of $117 million for the building of the bridge, private funding was also essential.
The Trinity Trust gave a special thanks to the Margaret Hunt Hill family for their donation.
"It is very personal," said Al Hill. "I think it's just a tribute to the many things [Margaret Hunt Hill] did, but more so a tribute to the people of the Dallas community."
"Long into the future, this bridge, this arch, is going to be the foreground the background of every picture," said Mayor Tom Leppert. "It is going to be that iconic image, that symbol of Dallas moving forward and truly entering a new stage."
The bridge, which will connect downtown Dallas to West Dallas, is scheduled to open sometime in 2011. In the next stage of the project, a crew will connect cables to the bridge and then work towards the completion of the bridge.