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DALLAS - More than 1,000 people turned out on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Friday night for a concert and the kick-off of a three-day celebration of the new addition to the Dallas skyline.

Fireworks boomed overhead, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band rocked the stage and those in attendance got a unique view of the bridge.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was among those who spoke at Friday's celebration.

Now we've all been watching this amazing structure come to life for years, and we've finally arrived at this momentous occasion, Rawlings said. Now this is your bridge. This is our new Dallas.

For Lisa Peters, it's an opportunity she didn't want to miss. She sees more than steel beams and cables, she sees more opportunities for West Dallas.

I've lived in Oak Cliff since 1983 and I've seen the transformation, she said. And this is amazing.

Once the bridge opens to cars later this month, no pedestrians will be allowed on it.

This is the only time we'll be partying on this bridge, so take lots of pictures, Rawlings said.

That's where the Continental Avenue Bridge next door comes in, the next part of this vision over the Trinity River.
The city told News 8 they hope to start construction in June. The goal is to close the bridge to traffic and build a park. More than $11 million has been set aside for the transformation.

Peters will be watching from her neighborhood, proud of the progress bridging the Trinity. In her eyes, the bridge marks a new beginning.

I hope Dallas is very proud of this, she said. They should be. I am.

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