Sylvan bridge to open next year and five other Trinity Corridor updates

Phase one of the Trinity Strand Trail, from Oak Lawn to Sylvan, is under construction.
Phase one of the Trinity Strand Trail, from Oak Lawn to Sylvan, is under construction.

The Army Corps of Engineers and assistant city manager Jill Jordan gave neighbors an update on the Trinity Corridor Wednesday night. Here’s what we learned:

The Sylvan Avenue Bridge closed in March 2012, and it is expected to reopen in early 2014. The old, four-lane bridge was the last of the low-water crossings in Dallas. The $42.3-millio new bridge will be passable in high water, with six lanes, six-foot sidewalks and bike lanes.

A redo of Sylvan between Interstate 30 and Fort Worth Avenue, near the Sylvan Thirty development, will change the thoroughfare from six lanes of traffic to four with on-street parking on one side and a bike lane. There will also be improved sidewalks, landscaping and lighting. Work could begin next summer and will take about two years to complete.

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Construction has started to make the Continental Avenue Bridge into a linear park, which is expected to be complete in May 2014. The $10.6-million park, paid for with an $8 million donation and $2.6 million from a 2006 bond package, will have parking, landscaping, a bocce court, chess, a playground and a meditation area.

Work could begin soon on a $5.3 million makeover of the Beckley-Commerce intersection.

Phase one of the Trinity Strand Trail, from Oak Lawn to Sylvan, could be completed in Spring 2014.

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A 23-acre lake, which is almost twice the size of Lake Cliff, is planned in the Trinity River near the Commerce Street Bridge. Work could start on that next year if the corps of engineers approves an environmental report.

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