Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge

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Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge
The Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge will be the first of several “signature” bridges proposed to be constructed across the Trinity River Corridor. Located between the Continental Avenue and Union Pacific Railroad Bridges, the Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge will will link West Dallas/North Oak Cliff with downtown. The concept of building “signature” bridges was included in the Trinity River Corridor Project Master Plan to maximize the potential of the project, to create an image that is “Distinctively Dallas”, and to increase the beauty and benefits of the corridor. Each “signature” bridge will have a unique design that combines distinct artistic elements with a functioning structure, often using unconventional materials and enhanced lighting. The Woodall Rodgers might not the only bridge designed by Calatrava who, at the moment, is working on a proposal for the IH-30.

Calatravas preliminary design shows a six lane bridge with cables, strung from a single 400 foot parabolic arch, supporting the 1,200 feet steel and concrete bridge deck. Pedestrian connections will be designed as part of this bridge. The actual length from levee top to levee top is 1,870 feet with the end approach spans measuring 100 feet between the columns. The bridge will be of a light color with a built-in lighting system to illuminate the central support cables.  

Presenting his model Calatrava explained the new Woodall Rodgers Bridge will be highlighting the importance of the Trinity River. "It will not be a monument to itself, It will permit everybody to observe the value of the riverbed." When completed, the entire Trinity River Corridor Project will increase flood protection, improve traffic congestion in the downtown area, encourage development of the lands along the river, as well as provide recreational amenities and environmental benefits.

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  • nasmith23
    nasmith23 commented
    Just got back from Spain - gives me a greater appreciation of this bridge!
    about 5 years ago via Mobile