Houston bridge project, construction paused

Work is being paused on the construction of the new Ship Channel Bridge replacement project close to Houston, Texas.
Road Structures / January 20, 2020 1 minute Read
By MJ Woof
Construction of the pylons for Houston’s Ship Channel Bridge is being paused for redesign work to be carried out, though other portions of the link are still being built: Image © courtesy of Harris County Toll Road Authority

The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) is pausing work to build the main pylons for the cable-stayed portion of the new Sam Houston Tollway Ship Channel Bridge. This will give time to review the design of the section of bridge being constructed at present. The consulting and engineering firm COWI identified an issue related to the design of the curved portions of the pylon legs. Pausing the construction will provide time for the engineer of record (FIGG) to design a solution. This will then be reviewed by COWI. When COWI and FIGG agree on the design changes, construction work for the pylons will be able to resume.

However, work will continue for other sections of the project, such as the approaches.