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Final Day Of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Underway

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From left, former Dallas Mayors Tom Leppert, Laura Miller, Ron Kirk –– now the U.S. Trade Representative –– and current Mayor Mike Rawlings speak at the opening celebration of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on March 4, 2012. (Credit: Phyllis Smith/KRLD)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Aztec dancers performed a ceremonial dance to begin the final dedication event and formal ribbon cutting of the Margaret Hunt Bridge Sunday.

Politicians such as former Mayors of Dallas Laura Miller, Ron Kirk and Tom Leppert; current Mayor Mike Rawlings, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and other members of Congress were present at the event.

The designer of the bridge, famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, was also there to speak.

The Boy Scouts from Circle 10 Council will culminate the event at the end of the ceremony by running through the ribbon, officially opening the bridge.

But it won’t open to vehicular traffic until March 29. The bridge was supposed to open on Monday, but rain delayed the completion of signage.

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge architect Santiago Calitrava stands on the bridge during the final day of opening celebrations on March 4, 2012. (Credit: Phyllis Smith/KRLD)

This was the last day of the bridge celebration. Thousands attended an all-day event at the bridge Saturday. Once it opens to vehicles, no pedestrians will be allowed on it.

The nearby Continental Street Viaduct will be turned into a pedestrian zone.

The bridge links West Dallas with downtown, and city leaders hope it will spur redevelopment in the city’s western sector.

In all, Dallas City Spokesman Frank Librio said more than 40,000 attended the weekend celebrations at the bridge. He called the festivities a “huge success” and said there were no major problems.

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