Loop 288 bridge ahead of schedule

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Work on the Loop 288 pedestrian bridge is moving along ahead of schedule, according to the project manager.

Robert Tickner said the dry weather Denton has been experiencing has allowed construction to move along at a steady clip and it possibly could finish around April.

“They’ve been working many days they thought they might not,” Tickner said of Frisco-based Massana Construction, the firm awarded the $1.7 million contract back in March.

Massana is the same firm that worked on the University of North Texas pedestrian bridge.

Construction on the Loop 288 bridge began in mid-September.

The bridge is designed to be part of a hiking and biking trail along the A-train corridor.

Dee Leggett, vice president of communications and planning for the Denton County Transportation Authority, touted the bridge’s connection to the A-train.

“It’s a city of Denton project that complements the A-train rail trail that is getting more and more use,” she said. “It really completes the gap at Loop 288. People using the trail were forced to get off the trail and cross at an intersection. This makes an asset to the city even better with its completion.”

Tickner said six of the pre-cast concrete beams were delivered last week and placed Saturday.

Another beam is set to be delivered Jan. 19. The center bridge, which is being shipped in two sections from Minneapolis, will be set it in place at 11 p.m. Jan. 20.

“When we set the span across the loop, we will have to do a complete closure of the loop and have detours,” Tickner said.

The Denton City Council has voted to name the bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

The bridge is being paid for primarily with funds granted by the Texas Department of Transportation from State Highway 121 toll revenue.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is blewis@dentonrc.com .

 


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