After Years Of Delay, A Bridge Connecting White Rock And Katy Trails Finally Exists | KERA News

After Years Of Delay, A Bridge Connecting White Rock And Katy Trails Finally Exists

Nov 3, 2017

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge opens; early voting ends today; Dallas’ Diwali celebration is one of the grandest in the country; and more.

The Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge has finally opened, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to safely make it over Mockingbird Lane and travel across the city by trail. 

Located east of Central Expressway, it runs from Mockingbird DART Station to the back of the Highland Dallas hotel. The bridge connects the White Rock and Katy trails. 

The project was first approved in a 2006 bond package and crews initially broke ground in 2013, but construction delays, utility issues and other problems pushed it back for years. 

Construction officially began in the summer of 2016. It opened on the hottest November day ever in Dallas. 

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  • Voter’s notice: Early voting ends today, folks. Election Day is Tuesday.  Voters across Texas will get to weigh in on seven proposed amendments to the state constitution. There’s also a number of local initiatives in North Texas to consider. [KERA News]

 

  • Oops: Energy Secretary Rick Perry managed to connect fossil fuels with sexual assault. He suggested increased use of fossil fuels to spread electricity in Africa would shine a light, if you will, on “those types of acts.” [The Texas Tribune]

 

  • Festival of lights: Thousands of people from across the country will visit Dallas this weekend to celebrate Diwali. The festival’s being held later than the actual holiday (Oct. 19 this year) because the State Fair of Texas occupied the grounds. [The New York Times]

 

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