Houston Ship Channel Bridge


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Title: Houston Ship Channel Bridge

Author(s): Scott S. Pickard

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 3

Issue: 8

Appears on pages(s): 55-62

Keywords: bridge foundations; bridge piers; bridges (structures); concrete construction; formwork (con-struction); long span; segmental construction.

Date: 8/1/1981

The Houston Ship Channel Bridge connects part of a future 12 mile (19 km) radius beltway that will circle the Houston central business district. The three main spans of the 10,450-ft (3185-m) bridge are 375 ft, 750 ft, and 375 ft (114 m, 229 m, 114 m). The main spans are constructed with cast-in-place concrete segments using the free-balanced cantilever method. This article discusses the analysis of alternate designs, design, value engineering, construction management, on-site testing, and construction of the foundations, piers, and superstructure. [Author]