Drove the Continental Avenue bridge several times over the weekend on back-and-forth trips to Oak Cliff; the boy and I even pulled over on the west side, at the under-construction entrance to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, to grab the quick pic seen below. As mentioned Friday, all that and more will be a topic of discussion at today's meeting of the council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee when David Whitley of the CityDesign Studio provides an update on the $11.7-million project. And, as promised, here's that lengthy briefing, which provides new renderings of the pedestrian park and West Dallas Gateway.
The eastern entrance from Riverfront won't get much of a makeover -- just some additional parking, a staircase and some landscaping to go along with the Jack in the Box, Southern Maid Donuts, bail-bond business, Big Daddy's and for-sale warehouses. The wholesale makeover will take place on the West Dallas side (just a few blocks from W. Main Street, for those who've never driven down that stretch of street in the shadow of the Calatrava).
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There, as you'll note, they're talking about making the bridge accessible from the neighborhood, adding in "much-needed vehicular parking," creating a "plaza/gathering space" and providing "a strong bicycle & pedestrian connection from the bridge/plaza to adjacent development opportunities." Also included: a look-see at sites that could be used in the future for street fairs, concerts and concession (beneath what appears to be a translucent done of some kind). As noted Friday, the city expects to have this wrapped by August of next year.