Huitt-Zollars, the supervising engineering firm, told the city in a letter dated May 25 that there are two possible fixes — or "cable system retrofit alternatives," according to Broadnax — that might resolve the vibration issues. One, the firm said, involves replacing rods and sockets connecting the arches to the bridge.
The other involves replacing the entire cable assembly — and, essentially, starting over.
Huitt-Zollars' vice president Charles Quade told the city that depending on the fix, repairs should take between eight and 15 months. And it could cost — again, an estimate here, because the contractor hasn't been consulted — between $2 million and $6 million.
"We must keep in mind that doing nothing is always an option," Lee Kleinman, chair of the council's Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee, told me Thursday. He wants city staff to come to his committee next month and explain what the hell's going on.
"Why spend any more money on it," Kleinman said, "when there are so many more needs in the city?"
casperitl wrote:The incredible part of it all is that WE allow it to continue. WE meaning you reading this. Time to put a stop to it. Dallas can't afford more of this.
exelone31 wrote:casperitl wrote:The incredible part of it all is that WE allow it to continue. WE meaning you reading this. Time to put a stop to it. Dallas can't afford more of this.
What are the avenues to put a stop to this? What is your suggested outcome?
When NBC 5 last reported on problems with the Hike and Bike bridge in January 2018, city officials hoped the problems could be solved within months.
A year later, an email from the City of Dallas Wednesday said the city is still waiting for information from the State of Texas about the cost of necessary work on the cables. The email said the cost could be as high as $10 million and up to 36 months of work could be required.
The_Overdog wrote:I still don't get why it can't be opened. Under what case study is a few walkers or joggers going to be in more danger than the tons of cars already passing by?
1) The Highway isn't supported by the cables. Only the pedestrian portion.
2) the cables have failed stress testing; therefore they are deemed unsafe for use.
cowboyeagle05 wrote:Except that cars are much more protected from flying cables than pedestrians and bike riders.
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