Here’s why the city wants to remove the lights on the Harbor Bridge

By September, drivers crossing over the Harbor Bridge may not see the color light display that has been an eye grabber for more than a decade. 

That’s because city of Corpus Christi staff want to remove the decorative lighting system on the bridge. 

However, the final decision will be up to City Council, which is scheduled to consider the removal during its regular meeting Tuesday. 

Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times The Harbor Bridge glowed red, white and blue on Monday, June 20, 2016 and also included a rainbow in the light show in memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.


Lighting parts have detached and fallen from the bridge due to corrosion of its metal brackets, City Manager Peter Zanoni said. The brackets’ useful life was five years. The system has now been up for more than 10 years. 

Several months ago, a bridge light fell into a Texas State Aquarium Parking lot underneath the bridge. And roughly two weeks ago, light strips held by the aging metal brackets began disconnecting. 

“It’s a hazard,” Zanoni said. 

The city has continued to inspect the lighting system daily to ensure drivers and pedestrians are safe. 

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