One day the Continental Bridge may be referred to as a boardwalk. Sound crazy? Well, hear me out.
The bridge that crosses over the Trinity and connects downtown to West Dallas will become an elaborate pedestrian boulevard with sidewalks, play areas and a highly vegetated landscape zone upon the completion of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
As soon as the new bridge is finished, the old bridge will cease to carry motor vehicles on its back and will transform into a pedestrian attraction. With a dazzling view of downtown, a meandering river, downtown lakes, an island, wetlands and riding paths, the bridge should be attractive to people of all ages.
Just trying to imagine what the face of downtown will look like from the new Continental Bridge is both stunning and incomprehensible.
Ignacio Brunster, a member of the City Council’s Trinity committee provided some valuable insight to the project.
“First you’ll see on the west side, a series of pavilions and trellises for shade. These are places where vendors could come and set up carts and offer amenities for people to purchase on their way in. The bridge will include games like hopscotch, table chess, bocce ball and even a fountain.”
That’s right, there will likely be street vendors in the city of Dallas. The “boardwalk” will be a place for markets and fairs, and potentially a future place for a trolley line across the Trinity River.
You may ask, “How much is all this going to cost and who the heck is going to pay for all of it?” Well, the cost for design and construction of the Continental project has already been paid for an anonymous donation of $10 million.
Construction on the project will begin as soon as the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opens. Interested citizen, are you as enthused as I?