The construction of a new bridge between Dallas and Fort Worth is scheduled to begin this fall, with the final leg of the project due to open in 2020.
Construction began this summer at the old Hickory buildings near Denton and Woodlands.
It will be one of the largest bridge projects in Texas.
The project is the latest in a long line of bridge projects by the Texas Department of Transportation, which has been in the construction business for more than 50 years.
It has also played a role in the development of some of the state’s best-known landmarks, such as the Beltway and the Dallas skyline.
The span will stretch 1.3 miles (2 kilometers) from Denton to Woodlands and will connect to the existing Interstate 35W toll plaza.
The Texas Department, which oversees the toll plaza, said the new bridge will have more traffic-friendly design features.
It also will offer improved access for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge’s design will be similar to other Texas bridges that span the Brazos River.
It includes a steel-and-concrete bridge deck and two suspension bridges that will also carry people.
The bridge’s name, which was inspired by the steel-bar bridge, will be Texas’ own, according to the Department.
“This project is an opportunity to create a world-class pedestrian and bicycle bridge that connects communities across Texas and the Brazo River,” said Gov.
Greg Abbott in a statement.
“This is a great opportunity to revitalize a beautiful part of our state and create a great future for our citizens.”
The new bridge, which will span the Rio Grande River, is expected to cost $60 million.