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Fred Hartman Bridge

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1995. TX 146 and Houston Ship Channel
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

Constructed by District 12 of the State Department of Highways and Transportation, Hartman Bridge is one of three multilane highway bridges that cross the Houston Ship Channel. Its central, 1,250-foot-long span is suspended from twin pairs of double-diamond concrete masts, 440 feet high. Anchored in the masts are the brilliantly yellow, rigid steel cables that stay the clear-spanned bridge, which affords 178 feet of vertical clearance. From the bridge's summit one gets a panoramic vista of the immense petrochemical and shipping infrastructure concentrated along the ship channel, a rare elevated prospect in the flat landscape of the Gulf Coastal Plain.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Fred Hartman Bridge", [Baytown, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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