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#301 Austin55

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:56 PM

This has been an issue on the Chisolm Trail also. Was in the news today.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 07:29 PM

The only problem with the safety of modern electrical equipment is that it rarely injures the copper thieves.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:24 PM

FWBP reporting the bridge lighting is going to be upgraded to prevent it from shorting out in rain storms and also considering installing color changing LED's. The bridge has become a bit of a landmark and is a really popular place for photographs.

 

 

 



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:42 PM

Mayor Price - ever the politician. Blowing 200k on a project that wasn't designed right is not a good thing. This is right there with the Hemphill connector - the city blows money like Hugh Hefner and nobody bats an eye. How much money could they save if they hired someone to QC some of these projects?

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:46 PM

..... The bridge has become a bit of a landmark and is a really popular place for photographs.

 

 So much so that it deserves a name other then the west 7th street bridge.



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 08:50 PM

Mayor Price - ever the politician. Blowing 200k on a project that wasn't designed right is not a good thing. This is right there with the Hemphill connector - the city blows money like Hugh Hefner and nobody bats an eye. How much money could they save if they hired someone to QC some of these projects?

 

 

It's a bit Pricey. 

 

 

...I'm sorry. 



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:04 PM

Sometimes I just don't get some of you...   The 7th Street Bridge is beautiful and seems to have cost a LOT less than the new bridges in Dallas.  LED color changing lights sound awesome.  It is often the backdrop for NBC5 News during the Today Show and the midday news as well as other times.  I guess you'd rather have 7th looking like it did 20 years ago?  Ugh! :no:



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:42 PM

Oops, ignore my "like" on Austin's post. I agree with you.

 

Hopefully, the new lighting will have copper that thieves can't remove or access.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:16 PM

I would assume the story about copper disappearing wasn't true.

Don't get me wrong, I love the bridge and I think LED lights will be great. I just don't understand why they weren't included in the first place and why an educated person like the mayor tries to sell a $200k screw up as something positive, regardless of the outcome. Costly mistakes will continue to be the status quo as long as the city's leaders never hold staff accountable.

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:10 PM

I thought that the 7th Street Bridge came in under budget and the City is spending dollars from the savings on the revised/improved lighting.



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Posted 14 February 2016 - 10:00 PM

 

“TXDOT has returned $1.8 million in funds we sent them as part of the overage, money that wasn’t used,” Mayor Price said. “And we will use that to do the repairs.”

 

http://dfw.cbslocal....-in-fort-worth/



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:41 AM

Most contracts and subcontracts have installation workmanship Warranties.  What date did the bridge go 'Out of Warranty'.  Or was this a designer flaw.

As mentioned above,  Government Quality Assurance or Contractor Quality Control should have picked up on this type of design issue and corrected it by a contract change or modification.


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:30 AM

The fact that it's coming out of the city's end tells me where the fault lies. And I don't care that the money is coming from the budget savings. Claiming a $200k mistake as a win is ridiculous. That $200k could be used to hire 2 more historic preservation staff members, 2 more people for development to break the permit log jam, or any number of other projects that could better serve the citizens of Fort Worth.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:34 AM

I would assume the story about copper disappearing wasn't true.

Don't get me wrong, I love the bridge and I think LED lights will be great. I just don't understand why they weren't included in the first place and why an educated person like the mayor tries to sell a $200k screw up as something positive, regardless of the outcome. Costly mistakes will continue to be the status quo as long as the city's leaders never hold staff accountable.

 

Agreed! I went to the bridge lighting party a couple years ago and was surprised to learn the lights were not LED color changing lights...WHY in this day and age would you not include that in the original design?

 

I welcome the upgrade because I'm always noticing all the arches are rarely lit at the same time.



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 10:11 AM

The lighting improvements are going to take place over the next several months. Link.



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 07:07 PM

Perhaps as a more tangible memorial to the late Mr. Cliburn, the city should consider renaming the newly reconstructed Seventh Street Bridge as the Van Cliburn Bridge.  What do you think?

 

Keep Fort Worth folksy

 

 Dallas honors former Mayor Ron Kirk by name the Continental Pedestrian Bridge as the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge.

 

 Why won't Fort Worth name the utterly undescriptive named 7th Street Bridge to honor Van Cliburn?  Don't be surprised when you hear that Van Cliburn home was the Metroplex; which is correct, but which does not place a stake on him for Fort Worth.  :)



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 08:42 PM

The bridge already has two names.  It is called the West 7th Street Bridge and it also has Van Zandt Viaduct on the plaque.



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 09:22 PM

Here's a Hometown by Handlebar article with pictures of all the plaques. It's no doubt still named for Van Zandt, but not frequently referred to as such. 

 

http://hometownbyhandlebar.com/?p=4720

 

Something (and something significant) should one day bear Van Cliburn's name.



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 10:51 PM

The bridge already has two names.  It is called the West 7th Street Bridge and it also has Van Zandt Viaduct on the plaque.

 

Bridges and tunnels are the preferred way that cities pay honor to exceptional individuals.

 

Neither does much for me or more importantly that it would be a symbol seen by tourists and residents  of the perpetual bond between an iconic international figure who called this city his home.

 

Van Cliburn was an exceptional individual.



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 11:03 AM

I don't have any problem with a name change and your points are well taken.  If you are serious about this, why don't you propose this to your City Councilperson? 



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Posted 12 October 2016 - 08:45 PM

Tonight, I saw a test of the multi-colored LED lighting of the bridge.
The test was just one lighting fixture within one of the arches.

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 08:53 PM

I forgot this was even happening, but I am excited.

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 09:01 PM

Maybe we could have a photography shoot, once it is re-lit.



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 03:50 AM

The lights are very visible on the NBC broadcast. It looks like the whole north side is colors, and a few arches of the south side are. It's currently red & blue and the original white. 



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 11:05 PM

The lights are very visible on the NBC broadcast. It looks like the whole north side is colors, and a few arches of the south side are. It's currently red & blue and the original white.


I drove down this evening and the hole south side was in color while the north side was all white. It looked really cool driving west towards W7th. Maybe it's just me, but it gave me the illusion that I was being transported to someplace completely different.

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 05:15 PM

On Saturday morning there were some electricians out there working on the bridge. By Saturday evening both sides of the bridge had fully functional color-changing lights. Looks fun. Can't wait to get out there for some photos.

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 07:42 PM

I saw the changing lights on the bridge from Channel 5's Skycam from the Stayton.  I was going to try to get down there to take pictures, myself, but I never made it.



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Posted 01 November 2016 - 01:17 AM

I drove by this evening and all the lights were in purple... it was kinda surreal driving towards W7. I was trying to post a pic but I can!t seem to find that option available on my iPad. Can pictures only be loaded via desktop/laptop?

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 07:35 AM

Photographs have to be hosted at a location where a URL is provided for the photo. You upload the photo to that location then click the picture icon in the post.  That will add the code automatically, and then you copy the link location into that blank.



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Posted 01 November 2016 - 09:35 PM

Photographs have to be hosted at a location where a URL is provided for the photo. You upload the photo to that location then click the picture icon in the post.  That will add the code automatically, and then you copy the link location into that blank.


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Posted 02 November 2016 - 07:45 PM

Sing with me!  "Somewhere, over the west 7th bridge..."

 

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 08:30 PM

Great photo!

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 08:38 PM

Very nice, Austin.



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 08:50 PM

Very nice, Austin.

 

....though I think I will like it more during the times that it is illuminated in one color.



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 08:55 PM

I think they are still doing testing.  From Channel 5's Skycam over last weekend, the lights were individually changing colors within each span.  On Monday night, they were all purple.  Then on Tuesday, they were more green, with some purple spans.  Tonight, it appears that the entire bridge is changing colors at once.



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Posted 03 November 2016 - 07:05 AM

It was changing last night when I was there. It stayed solid purple for a long time.

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 09:42 AM

It stayed solid purple for a long time.

 

Hmmmm, I wonder why? 


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Posted 10 November 2016 - 08:34 PM

Last Friday, I went out and took a few pictures of the bridge.  I thought I would share them with you.  These are from Trinity Park looking toward the skyline.

 

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 11:23 PM

I'm thinking I prefer all white or all multi-color instead of all one color.


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Posted 11 November 2016 - 01:10 PM

I'm thinking I prefer all white or all multi-color instead of all one color.

Have you gone down to look at the bridge yet? It doesn't usually stay one color for long. I do a little driving for Uber so I cross it several times a night and every night it has a different color and/or pattern. Last night was the best so far. it was alternating different colors from one section to the next and within each arch section is had a flowing pattern with alternating colors going the opposite direction.

I do miss the all white bridge, but it's amazing how the new lights seem to make FW's skyline look more futuristic when driving east. Especially with Mallick Tower in the background and when Pier 1's crown is lit up in color.

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 09:46 AM

I crossed it last night.  Looks nice.  I'm sure whoever sets the lights will try some different things.  I was under the impression that each arch would get a color, but apparently each light within an arch can be controlled individually.  There's some potential for some interesting patterns with the way the cross braces in the arch are lit by the lights.


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 10:15 AM

You might consider looking at Channel 5's Skycam from the Stayton to see the varying patterns of light on the bridge.  I have been using it to see how it looks every evening.



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 10:25 AM

Because of the angles of the cross braces, it almost looks like some of the patterns are plaids.  It's kind of cool.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:46 PM

Grafitti on 7th Street bridge - ticks me off
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:16 PM

The manufacturing of spray paint should be halted.







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