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There are problems with a Calatrava-designed bridge in Dallas Certain testing was value-engineered out

Margaret McDermott Bridge when it was under construction. (Credit Art Davis, Pixabay)

Tensions are running high between Dallas city leaders, Texas Department of Transportation officials and 新上海贵族宝贝论坛

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Santiago Calatrava over a bridge designed by the Spanish architect.

The Margaret McDermott Bridge cost $115 million to build and was a bill largely footed by taxpayers, but, despite Calatrava s insistence his design be tested to sustain heavy winds, no tests were ever performed, the Dallas Observer reports. Calatrava even offered to front the money for the tests but to no avail.

According to the Dallas Morning News, cables that connect from the arch to the base of the bridge are deficient, though the contractor Trinity Watershed stressed that the bridge is not a safety hazard or falling down.

How did the issue occur? Well, it was a case of value engineering, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, which reportedly was the body that requested a list of potential cost savings from the contractor one of which was eliminating cable fatigue testing of Calatrava s design.

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erted in a letter.

In letters, an engineer for Calatrava laid the blame at the feet of the contractor, while City Hall and the Texas DOT put much of the blame on the engineer, according to the Dallas Morning News上海贵族宝贝论坛

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.  [Dallas Observer] Erin Hudson

Tags: Architecture and Design, Commercial Real Estate, santiago calatrava
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