The SH 146 Fred Hartman Bridge is a unique cable-stayed bridge located east of Houston between Baytown and LaPorte. The bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas, and one of only four such bridges in the state. The cable-stayed main span of the bridge is 2,475 feet long – the length of eight football fields. It accommodates 200,000 vehicles a day with eight lanes spanning 175 feet over the Houston Ship Channel.
Join us for a unique tour of the bridge. You will walk the outside shoulder of the bridge deck and hear about the history of maintenance and other challenges TxDOT has worked through over the years.
Join us for a tour and briefing of the recently renovated Houston TranStar facility, where you will have an opportunity to visit Houston’s traffic nerve center, and take in the experience of being in a state of the art emergency operations center where emergency personnel, regional policymakers and first-responders gather during severe weather and/or in response to other major threats.
TranStar is a unique partnership among the principal transportation and emergency management agencies in Harris County, including the City of Houston, Harris County, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and the Texas Department of Transportation. The agencies share resources and exchange information under one roof to keep motorists informed, roadways clear and citizens safe in the 4th-most-populated city in the United States.
Join us for a spot tour of major transportation projects in the central Houston area. Four specific sites have been identified to highlight techniques used by TxDOT to manage some of the unique challenges of highway construction in cities like Houston, the 4th-most-populous city in the nation. The sites that will be viewed are:
Named after the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, the M/V Sam Houston has been operating as Port Houston’s public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July 30, 1958.
Embarking from the port’s Sam Houston Landing, you will enjoy a leisurely 90-minute round-trip, educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel. You will enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations.