Published on May 18, 2021
Be among the first to travel across the White Settlement Bridge, the first of three V-pier bridges on Panther Island, following a ribbon-cutting celebration at 11 a.m. May 22.
The celebration will be held, rain or shine, on the west end of the bridge, near White Settlement Road and Adolph Street. Parking is available at Angelo’s BBQ, 2533 White Settlement Road.
Speakers will include District 7 Councilmember Dennis Shingleton; G.K. Maenius, Tarrant County administrator and Trinity River Vision Authority chairman; Miguel Rosales, the architect who designed the bridge concept; Steve Metcalf, representing White Settlement Road merchants; and Mayor Betsy Price.
After the ribbon is cut, a procession of antique automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians will travel east across the bridge to the White Settlement roundabout, then return to the west end of the bridge. Everyone is invited to take part in the procession.
White Settlement Road will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic between the Henderson roundabout and Vacek Street for the event. Closures will be in place from about 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Police officers will direct traffic.
The White Settlement Bridge was opened to traffic on April 2.
The North Main Bridge is projected to be the next bridge to come online, targeted for early summer. The Henderson Street Bridge is targeted for opening in late summer. The three bridges are part of a $1.17 billion project to create Panther Island by cutting a bypass between the two forks of the Trinity River as a way to control river flooding.
Photo: The White Settlement Bridge is the first of three innovative V-pier bridges to accommodate traffic.
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