New design team announced for Harbor Bridge project in Texas

July 29, 2020
Arup and Carlos Fernandez Casado S.L. will handle design work for the main spans of the project

The developer for the U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge replacement in Corpus Christi, Texas, has hired the joint venture of Arup and Carlos Fernandez Casado S.L. (CFC) to handle the design work for the main spans of the project.

According to a report from Construction Dive, Arup-CFC will be responsible for reviewing, recertifying, and completing the design for the cable-supported, "signature" part of the bridge that will cross the Corpus Christi ship channel.

Earlier this year, the Texas DOT (TxDOT) announced that the bridge's previous designer—FIGG Bridge Engineers—was to be removed from any future work on the main spans of the Harbor Bridge. TxDOT's decision came on the heels of the National Transportation Safety Board's findings that concluded FIGG made significant errors as the designer of the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six people in March 2018.

TxDOT reportedly said that safety is its highest priority and that Arup and CFC have more than 70 collective years of design and engineering experience and have been involved in more than 50 cable-stay bridge projects.

The design-build developer for the $800 million Harbor Bridge replacement is Flatiron-Dragados LLC.

Last year, TxDOT announced that delays in construction would push the completion date to early 2023. It was previously expected to finish in 2021.

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SOURCE: Construction Dive