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    Dallas Horseshoe Project Team Celebrates Iconic Bridge Opening

    June 23, 2021

    Margaret-McDermott_edited.jpgThe two Margaret McDermott (MMD) Pedestrian Bridges, which are signature landmarks and components of  the Dallas Horseshoe project, are now officially open to pedestrians and cyclists.  

    Project executives, city and state officials, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) representatives and the family of the late Margaret McDermott gathered to celebrate the opening of the eastbound and westbound pedestrian and cycle bridges in a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 10, 2021.

    The opening happened four years after the Dallas Horseshoe Project built by Pegasus Link Constructors (PLC), a joint venture team between Balfour Beatty and Fluor Corporation, was completed in 2017 to improve mobility between Oak Cliff and West Dallas near Downtown Dallas.

    Margaret McDermott Bridge Stats

    • Main span length:  1,125 feet

    • Steel arch height:  350 feet

    • Deck width:  20 feet (17 walkway, 13-feet dual direction bike path

    • Steel:  3,292 tons

    • Total number of cables:  196 cables

    • Abutment anchors:  78, each 10 by 1 1/4 feet

    • Drill shafts:  8 feet, 20-degree batter oscillated 63-83 feet long

    • Drawings:  2,000

    The two MMD bridges were designed under a separate contract with Santiago Calatrava, a local design firm and the City of Dallas separate from the contract TxDOT had with PLC.  

    "It is a great feeling to see that the last piece of a very successful project, with an exceptional team and client is complete," Dan Young, director of construction said. "We are all proud of the Horseshoe Project and its impact to the state of Texas and the city of Dallas' skyline."

    The Margaret McDermott Bridge and the adjoining Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge were dedicated and funded by women who have made a historical impact on the city of Dallas. 

    Check out more about the opening of the Margaret McDermott Bridge’s pedestrian lanes and the significance behind its opening in this recent article or watch a time lapse of the first bridge arch here.