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The Fred Hartman Bridge is truly a magnificent engineering accomplishment, not to mention a beautiful visual structure that gracefully carries commuters from the city of La Port to the city of Baytown. Two sets of steel-reinforced diamonds carry two separate bridge decks of Texas 146 to a height of 178 feet that keeps them away from the traffic of the busy seaport. Religiously guarded day and night by the US Coast Guard and the local police force, stopping on or near the bridge will result in a quick response and possible fine. Photographing the bridge can be difficult because of the lack of access roads and the marshy terrain in the area. The only way to really appreciate this bridge and its yellow diamonds is to have someone else drive you over it.

The bridge is about 2-1/2 miles (4 km) long, consists of twin decks, each approximately 78 ft (24 m) wide. The main cable-stay unit is 2,475 ft (754 m) long and consists of five spans. The main span length is 1,250 ft (381 m). The cable-stay unit superstructure consists of steel girders, transverse floor beams, and a composite concrete deck. The 192 stay-cables project in a fanned configuration from each side of four diamond shaped concrete towers and attach to the outside edges of the bridge decks.

Built: 1986-1995
Type: Cable-stayed Bridge, fan arrangement.
Height: 440 ft / Length: 1,250 ft
Capacity of 200,000 vehicles per day compared to the Baytown Tunnel's capacity of 25,000 per day.
Over 618 miles of cable strand were used in the construction of the bridge.
There are 192 cables, the longest ones stretching 650 feet from the bridge to the towers.
More than three million cubic feet of concrete, enough to pave 13.86 miles of two-lane highway with full shoulders, was used in the construction.
More than 40 million pounds of steel was used to construct the bridge, the weight of over 16,000 automobiles.
The double diamond towers supporting the bridge stand as tall as a 45-story building.
Composite steel and concrete decks are 78 feet in width each way with a 15-foot separation between (total square footage coverage in excess of eight acres).

(Compiled from online sources)

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