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February 2018 Meeting – Design of a Cable-Stayed Icon: The New Ship Channel Bridge


THURSDAY February 15, 2018 at HESS (Houston Engineering and Scientific Society), 5430 Westheimer, Houston 77056. Tel: 713 627 2283

6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Program

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The new Ship Channel Bridge is the technical and aesthetic centerpiece of HCTRA’s efforts to double the width of the Sam Houston Tollway where it crosses the busy Houston Ship Channel. The main span bridge features a precast segmental concrete cable-stayed structure with a total length of 2,720 feet. The 1,320-foot main span completely spans the waterway, allowing for future expansion of the navigational channel serving the 4th busiest port in the United States.


The proposed bridge is comprised of twin structures connected at the main pylons, and constructed in phases to maintain uninterrupted tollway traffic operations at all times while remaining within the existing ROW envelope. The proposed bridge features 250-foot long large diameter drilled shafts and aesthetically striking sculptural pylons more than 514 feet tall. 128 stay cables support more than 580 precast concrete segments weighing up to 135 tons each. The project also includes the challenging demolition of the existing 750-foot span segmental concrete box girder bridge.

Presented by Wade Bonzon, PE – Regional Director of Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc.

Wade earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1994 and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He has more than 21 years of experience in the design, project management, and construction of major bridges in States such as Oklahoma, Ohio, Connecticut, and Texas.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in 5 States including Texas.

Wade is the Regional Director of FIGG’s design office in Dallas, Texas. For the past two years, he has served as the Project Manager for the design of the new 8-lane cable-stayed bridge over the Houston Ship Channel and the demolition plans for the existing Jesse H. Jones Bridge located at that site.