Monday, January 9, 2012 , Updated 8:00 a.m., January 11, 2012
UPDATEDx2: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge got lit Tuesday
The white lights cast a wash of light underneath the arch.
UPDATEx2: The spotlight was shined on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas when the new lights were turned on Tuesday. Here are some photos of the new structure:
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas will get lit on Tuesday, January 10, two months prior to its opening.
The white lights will cast a wash of light underneath the arch. At the bottom of each of the 58 cables, flood lights will shine toward the arch. The arch itself also has lighting that emanates from the inside.
When they're turned on Tuesday evening, a spokesperson says to expect a short delay while the lights warm up. Once on, the bridge will stay illuminated for two weeks and then will go through tests prior to the official bridge opening March 2-4.
Two celebrations will take place surrounding that March weekend: the "official" city celebration, which includes a ticketed event, a family run/walk, and a free community day; and a separate West Dallas event called Bridge-o-Rama, which includes a parade, food tasting festival, and live music.
The bridge connects downtown Dallas to West Dallas and was
built designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.
UPDATE: For those who don't like leaving the house, you can watch the bridge get lit from your very own home. Cue the webcam.
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