August 1, 2009 for my Dallas Ft. Worth area that I live in marked a special opening. We don't have a lot of bridges over our man made Army Corps of Engineer lakes around here but one of the prettiest ones opened up today. And for a brief moment before the North Texas Toll Authority let the traffic roll out on the bridge between the communities of Lake Dallas and Little Elm in Denton County, they offered up a 5K run and a fun walk out to the mid span of the bridge and back. A once in a lifetime event!!
Denton County for those who travel Dallas but never venture to the northwest side is one of the prettiest parts of the Dallas area that most out of towners and businessman and women NEVER see. We have bigger trees, more water, more nature, the highest density of horses in the state, and lots of family friendly suburbia type towns. Why we are more unknown than we are don't know, but ask me to find you a home here and I'll show you the place.
Anyway I have see pretty bridges and driven and walked across them in New York, the Golden Gate and those over the Indian River and Banana River in eastern Florida and the bridges in the Clearwater-St. Pete area as well. This new bridge here spans 1.7 miles and reminds me of one in Austin with its curved rustic design. It is gorgeous and you can see the houseboats, sailboats, kayaks and jetskis below. The transportation corridor between the two cities is 13.8 mile and is expected initially to carry 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles daily and 30,000 a day when the corridor is completed. Funny story was back in 1949 before the Garza dam was breached to make this man made lake there was a road between these two cities. 60 years later a "connection" is back again in grand fashion. The toll is $1.00 with a TollTag and $1.50 for ZipCash customers.
The 5K event got washed out due to early inclement weather but for those who stuck around till 11 a.m. it was a glorious day to take a stroll on the new
LEWISVILLE LAKE TOLL BRIDGE