Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi

The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge is a through arch bridge located in Corpus Christi, Texas which carries 6-lanes of US 181 from downtown Corpus Christi to Rincon Point, known to locals as North Beach. The harbor bridge crosses the Corpus Christi Ship Channel which serves the Port of Corpus Christi, one of the US's busiest seaports and handles nearly 26,000 vehicles daily. A new bridge is currently under construction that would allow larger ships to pass beneath.HistoryBascule BridgePrior to modern depth of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel the channel was nothing more than a muddy slough. Around the mid-1800s a wooden bridge was built over the slough then called Hall's Bayou. In 1920 the "Rivers and Harbor Act" authorized dregding a channel 25 feet deep, 200 feet wide from Aransas Pass jetties to Corpus Christi. Dredging was complete and the port was opened in 1926. The bridge stood 121 feet long 52 feet wide and one end that could be raised 140 plus feet and was built by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Co. The bridge that was painted black and covered in grease to protect from corrosion amazed many residents of the city learning that it needed little electrical power to raise and lower it. The operations of the bridge were complex, consisteting of whistles between ship and bridge operators. When the bridge had to be raised it caused frustration for those who had to cross the bridge, as it was raised well before ships came close and had to stay raised for up to 20 minutes or more sometimes up to 30 times a day.
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  • Our hotel right by the bridge. At night the bridge would chnage colors at night. This was a very impressive sight to see.  more »
  • Take a stroll along side the USS Lexington where the fishermen stand at dusk and see the lights appear. Behind the bridge from the end of this vantage point you'll see the sunset, you'll also be treat...  more »
  • When in Corpus Christi take the time to cross over the Harbor Bridge both during the day and at night. A true panoramic view of the city and especially beautiful during the evening with all of the cit...  more »
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  • It's great place to go. Watch the ships come and go. Never many people there. Great birdwatching!
  • I was finally able to walk up the bridge and take pictures something I've been wanting to do in a long time
  • It has a pretty view of Corpus Christi Bay!!!
  • It's so talk and has walkway at night it's lot up. Its beautiful.
  • This place is really nice walk. Be weary though. One side can be a longer walk. A beautiful view in the day but a good walk for the night.

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Where to stay in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi offers an array of lodging throughout the city. Seaside condos, hotels, and motels clustered around the northern point of North Padre Island and spread along Mustang Island offer views over the Gulf of Mexico, and you can also set up a tent or park an RV at one of the campgrounds on the latter. An additional cluster of hotels, motels, and cottages sits along the west side of Corpus Christi Bay, providing convenient access to both the water and many of the city's prime attractions. The numerous national-chain hotels and motels lining South Padre Island Drive serve as viable options if you plan to divide your time between the barrier islands and downtown.
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