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Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi

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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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  • The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge was beautiful to watch at night.The blue and purple colors are a must see at night. During the day we drove across it and it was smooth not scarrey.  more »
  • If your town was cooler it would have a bridge like this too. The light show is great and they even customize for special occasions and holidays. They light it blue and green for special TAMU-CC event...  more »
  • This is a great, free attraction to see from the fishing peer in Portland or from Corpus Christi next to the battleship. It boasts a very intricate light show that is spectacular at night or in the mo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Best bridge ever! The view is amazing!
  • It's nice to visit at night, you can walk the pier out beside the USS Lexington and listen to the water and watch the bridge.
  • A beautiful fat ur to the Corpus Christi Skyline