This just in from the Assistant Director Sarah Standifer of the Trinity Watershed. Basically, don’t think you can cross the old bridge after July 8th on a bicycle. Once complete, a new park will cover the bridge, but still NO dedicated, separate bicycle infrastructure will exist. Instead, it will be a shared use path. The $8 million private donor, Mary McDermott Cook, requested that no bicycle or streetcar infrastructure be included in the final design based on her donation to the project. So, there you have it.
June 21, 2013
Re: Continental Avenue Bridge Closing:
Effective Date – Monday, July 8, 2013
Dear Sir or Madam:
The City of Dallas has been working towards development of destination areas in and along the
Trinity River Corridor as part of the overall planning and implementation efforts. The designs for
the Continental Avenue Bridge and the West Dallas Gateway were coordinated to complement
each other, creating a landmark civic space connecting the existing neighborhoods and emerging
developments with significant public amenities. We appreciate your efforts during the planning.
We are pleased to let you know the construction for the Continental Avenue Bridge and
West Dallas Gateway is beginning. On Monday, July 8, 2013, the Continental Avenue
Bridge will be closing to vehicular traffic. Alternate routes include the Margaret Hunt Hill
Bridge, the Commerce Street Bridge, the Jefferson Viaductl and the Hampton Bridge. The
construction activities are estimated to be complete in late May 2014.
Portable message boards will be in place to inform the public of the upcoming closure and area
residents and businesses should have received notitication of the closure. Attached for your
reference is the notice that was mailed to the residences and businesses in the area as well as
two renderings showing some of the uses and features of the bridge when it reopens.
Every effort is being made to construct this project with the least possible inconvenience to your
neighborhood and commute. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation throughout this
If you have any concerns or need further information, please contact me at (214) 671-9545.
Trinity Watershed Management
Aren’t these pretty?