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Margaret Hunt Hill (MHH) Bridge

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2012, Santiago Calatrava. TX 366 Spur (Woodall Rodgers Fwy.) across the Trinity River

Of three bridges proposed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to span the Trinity River west of downtown, two have been funded and built to date. Intended to replace aging structures and to provide signature images on the Dallas skyline, the bridges went considerably over estimated time and cost budgets. Named for the daughter of oilman H. L. Hunt, this bridge takes the traffic of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway and unceremoniously deposits it onto Singleton Boulevard in post-industrial West Dallas. The cable-stayed span of 1,197 feet is supported by a single, white 400-foot-tall arch set perpendicular to the 6-lane roadway, with cables splaying out to the east and west. The bridge is the cornerstone of the Trinity River Corridor Project that plans to revitalize the river basin with recreational access and cultural activities. In contrast to typical heavy concrete highway bridges, the MHH recalls the image of the bridge as a civic entrance to the city like the Brooklyn and the Golden Gate bridges.

The Continental Avenue Bridge (Lamar-McKinney Viaduct) of 1933 to the immediate north, the former route across the river, was rehabilitated in 2014 as a pedestrian path.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Margaret Hunt Hill (MHH) Bridge", [Dallas, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 159-159.

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