Bridge Info

Bridge Replacement Plans Harbor Bridge Project"The Harbor Bridge project is back! After a several-year project hiatus, the project is now underway again. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Corpus Christi District has reactivated the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that it began in 2005."

Bridge Facts
NicknameNapoleon's Hat
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First Automobile to Cross the Bridge

ConstructedJune 1956 - November 1959
Opened1st November 1959
LocationCorpus Christi, TX
First Crossing3/13/59 by a steel worker
First to drive acrossMrs Eleanor Tarrant in her beige ’59 Buick

In the News
Caller Times - Joe HilliardApril 2010 - walking over the Harbor Bridge
Caller Times - Steven AlfordMarch 2010 Bridge walk article
Channel 6 video (sorry this has now expired)Channel 6 - New Year's Day 2010
Grams Made It Blog EntryThis is a link to her January blog entry where she decides to do the walk. There is a link at the bottom of the blog to the March entry about the actual walk.

Work began in June 1956 and was completed 3 years and 4 months later in time for opening on 1st November 1959.
Four construction workers fell to their deaths during the course of the project.
There were five construction contracts issued for a total cost of $9,053,523.
The channel span is 620 feet and the vertical clearance for shipping is 138 feet.
There is ample parking for bridge walkers both on and off street.
The Heritage Park parking lots on Mesquite & Fitzgerald & Mesquite & Hughes are available for Bridgewalkers use.

Map of the Area
The Walk
The bridge is approximately 1 mile long in each direction and takes about an hour to walk both ways.
Views from the top are spectacular.
And if you’re lucky you can time your walk to coincide with the arrival or departure of an oil tanker or cargo ship.
Remember to take a camera.
Depending on the weather it might be prudent to carry water as the wind can be quite dehydrating.

Bridge Links
Texas HighwaysThree pages of the August 1959 edition of Texas Highways Magazine featuring the Harbor Bridge Project.
TxDot TxDot Presentation - 2009
Emporis.comFact page for the CC Harbor Bridge
Texas EscapesPhotographs