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Harbor Bridge Walk...

Some know already that the city of Corpus Christi is getting a new harbor bridge.  The planning and beginning was back in 2016!!  It was slated to be completed by the  year 2020.  Well, not surprising, the completion date was delayed.  TXDot [department of transportation]  terminated the production indefinitely; until some political and safety issues were mediated and reconciled before any continuation.  For months it was all at a stand-still.  The work is now once again in progress, and the new bridge opening is slated for 2023.  LOL  All I can say is typical government work.  There is always something.  Being the layman that I am, I'm sure there were legitimate reasons, but why so long?  I'll never know.  Anyway, on Saturday morning before Easter, I decided to go for a walk UNDER the "old" bridge that is still in use [built in 1959], and walk along the corridor that takes me to the farm team's ballpark for the Houston Astros [Corpus Christi Hooks], then beyond the ball field to inspect just how much progress is evident on the new expansion bridge.  I'll begin with the exterior of the Whataburger Field [Whataburger is a Texas iconic hamburger fast food establishment]...




Then, beyond the parking lots and down the streets, I viewed this scene:




Reversing my steps, I then walked back about another mile or so to the Port o Call entry way, just under the bridge that is still in use. In this three series below, you can see the "Old" bridge and the new expansion section of the "New" bridge in the background:



I will now add a dose of a view beyond the channel looking east out into the bay...


 
After walking in this section of town, I ended up driving to a nearby park to go birding a bit before heading back home.


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50 comments:

  1. Typical government red tape. Hopefully when 2023 rolls around they don't find another reason to put the project on the back burner.

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    1. ...before the old bridge collapses from old age!!

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  2. Looks like it will be done eventually, and as you said hopefully before the old bridge collapses!

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    1. I had high hopes for 2020. Just not meant to be.

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  3. Always love the minor league teams names. Lots you can do with "Hooks". One of the Marlins is Jumbo Shrimp.
    Hope they finally finish that bridge.

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  4. the last collage my favorite is the sun on the water, so beautiful and peaceful. the bridge looks stuck in a time warp, especailly the one with both old and new in the photo... makes me wonder how safe the new will be after parts of it sat out in the weather for years.

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    1. Now that you mention it, it DOES look like a Time Warp!!

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  5. The last is my favorite too, so pretty. Anything to do with government is always so ridiculously slow. Keeping my fingers crossed for 2023!

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  6. Progress needs to be slow so it is done well. Hopefully good materials and management will get the job done - safely and for endurance. There sure is a lot going on there!

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    1. Above all, safety is the issue. For me at least.

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  7. You are a walking wonder!!!!!!!!!

    Good for you!!!!!!!!!!

    🎀 💟 🎀

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    1. Sometimes I DO wonder why I'm walking
      lol

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  8. I love that very first shot...sort if amazing that bridges will support all the weight they do.

    I just got my second shot....and waiting to leave...lol

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    1. congrats on 2nd "shot". Hope for no I'll effects!!

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  9. Amazing photos! I love those last ones too. I must steal the comment from above, "You are a walking wonder!" And, so very brave! Nook always uses common sense in her thoughts and comments.

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    1. Yes, Ms. G Isa wise lady & friend!!

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  10. You have so many interesting things to see in your area. I love the views and lets hope the progress on the New bridge will be just that..progress...and you will finally have a new way to cross.
    Sue

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  11. Hello,
    I am sure there are bridges across the country that need to be replaced or fixed. They are just so old, some here are too crowded. They need bridges that hold more lanes of traffic. It is nice to see the progress on the new bridge. Pretty views! Take care, have a great day!

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  12. That is one huge bridge! Love love love that last photo♥

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    1. Existing bridge is big, but the new one is supposed to be the biggest in Texas.

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  13. Whoa that is a B R I D G E!!
    Hook line and sinker made me giggle
    Hugs cecilia

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  14. The Bridge is awesome, truly quite pretty. Must have been fun watching the progress since it was so long in the making and planning.

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    1. It's not even close to completion.

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  15. I love seeing your awesome area!

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  16. It seems that any construction projects always take much longer than expected. You got some interesting angles of the old bridge.

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  17. Fingers crossed for 2023. Keep walking and snapping!

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    1. It was steamy hot out there today!!

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  18. Typical government indeed! And Illinois is not immune. IDOT always has projects on hold. I only hope that 2023 becomes reality for you. Which bridge do you think will look best photographically? Many times, it's the older bridges that have more character. I love the glistening light you've captured off the water in the last photo.

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    1. I think the new one will be very artistic and supposedly state of the art. We'll see, time will tell.

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  19. Our projects around the house always take longer than we think too. :)
    I'm always fascinated watching bridges being built.
    Your photos are beautiful along your walk.

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    1. "A 30 minute job" that lasts the day...

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  20. Lets just hope they use the right bolts. Ya we know a few things about how not to build a bridge out this way. lol

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  21. You find the best places to walk!
    Yes, that does sounds like typical government work...

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    1. It helps having so many areas that are accessible year 'round.

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  22. Excellent Walk About For Sure - Bridges Are So Interesting - Loads Of Character - And The Bird Watching, Why Not - Be Well

    Cheers

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  23. Work like this takes forever. That's kind of the nature of it. Back when I was pipeline engineering I would go to state or county meetings on proposed work where we would have to move our pipeline. Typically, the work was six or seven years out. Maddening.

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  24. Oh, I know just where you were! We liked to go down there and watch the ocean liners whenever we visited! The "old" bridge was lighted up so pretty at night. I hope the new one will also have the pretty lights.

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  25. Oh Anni...you made me laugh right out loud with your comment on my blog post..have to read it to Dave.
    Sue

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