Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the county of Nueces and located in the U.S. state of Texas, on the mouth of the river Nueces. It was founded in 1838 and had an estimated population of 300,000 in 2010, with chemical and zinc, aluminum, etc. metallurgical industries. It is also a major port for petroleum and cotton. Due to its location in the Gulf of Mexico, it is a popular venue for fishing and marine and outdoor sports (windsurfing ..).
The new bridge will replace the current steel bridge that was built between 1956 and 1959 to replace a drawbridge and services 26,000 vehicles every day, but has an insufficient height for large vessels to enter the port.
CFCSL is providing technical consulting services to the construction joint venture (Flatiron + Dragados USA, both members of the ACS Group). Its work is focused on technical consultancy during the planning and construction of the bridge. The main projects office is FIGG Engineering Group. The bridge will have a span of 504 m, a width of 44.28 m. and a height of 62.44 m.
Once built, the bridge will set a new world record for pre-stressed concrete stayed bridges with the stay cables arranged in one central plane, the record currently being held by the Pont de l’Iroise in France (400 m span and width of 23 m), thus being a significant improvement in the span and width of this type of bridge.