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Fred Hartman Bridge, Baytown

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The Fred Hartman Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in the U.S. state of Texas spanning the Houston Ship Channel. The bridge carries 2.6 miles (4.2 km) of State Highway 146 (SH 146), between the cities of Baytown and La Porte (east of Houston). The bridge is also expected to carry State Highway 99 (SH 99) (Grand Parkway) when it is completed around Houston.
The bridge, named for Fred Hartman (1908–1991), the editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun from 1950 to 1974, is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas, and one of only four such bridges in the state, the others being Veterans Memorial Bridge in Orange County, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas and Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge in Erath County. It is the 77th largest bridge in the world. The construction cost of the bridge was $91.25 million.

The bridge replaced the Baytown Tunnel (of depth clearance 40 feet or 12.2 m). The tunnel had to be removed when the Houston Ship Channel was deepened to 45 feet (13.7 m), with a minimum 530 feet (161.5 m) bottom width, to accommodate larger ships. The last section of the Baytown Tunnel was removed from the Houston Ship Channel on September 14, 1999, with removal of the tunnel being the responsibility of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
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  • It's a shame this bridge did not exist when I lived in the area. Traffic flow in this area is so much better than the old tunnel that went under the bay.  more »
  • I remember when this bridge was under construction.. the tunnel was the main mode of transportation across this part of the channel back in the day. The bridge was a great improvement in that the...  more »
  • Seems like a pretty good bridge, very functional for getting across the ship channel twice a day on my travels. works great unless it gets icy and they close it.
  • There are hippies hanging from this bridge. It’s hilarious. Aside from the car accident they caused this morning it has been a source of amusement on my Thursday commute.

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