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Houston Gateway: US-59 Southwest Freeway, 2002 OCEA
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The Houston Gateway is the single appellation given to the four identical tied-arch bridges, in close proximity, spanning one of Houston’s major freeways - the US 59-Southwest Freeway. Engineers were able to achieve the unique, streamlined design of the overpasses by attaching the deck to the underside of the bridge support - increasing the clearance beneath the bridge without increasing the approach aprons. Fiber-optic lights were installed to enhance the striking singularity of the design.

 

Innovative features were also used in the construction of the project. The bridges that were to be replaced were used as support during construction and when the new bridges were completed, the old structures were demolished in a series of controlled explosions. This project represents the remarkable union of beauty and strength which has reinforced a sense of community cohesion in the Museum District, and become a cornerstone of Houston’s cultural development.


Owner: 
Texas Department of Transportation, Houston District
Engineer: 
Tensor Engineering Co.
Architect: 
Rey de la Reza Architects Inc.
Contractor: 
Williams Brothers Construction Company Inc.

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