When the Fred Hartman Bridge opened in 1995, it eliminated a restrictive tunnel under the Houston Ship Channel and alleviated years of stress for countless frustrated drivers. It was also an aesthetic success, providing a new and exciting signature span for Texas. Today, it is one of the world’s most well-known cable-stayed bridges, accommodating 200,000 vehicles per day.
AECOM developed the unique, award-winning double-diamond towers that stand as tall as a 45 story building yet efficiently resist hurricane winds. The cable-stayed main span unit is 2,475 feet long – the length of eight football fields – and allows eight lanes of traffic to smoothly flow 175 feet over the Houston Ship Channel.