Tule Lake Lift Bridge spanned Corpus Christi Ship Channel for 50 years

Bottlenecks have a big part in changing the landscape of the city.

The bascule bridge replaced the small wooden structure across Hall’s Bayou. The Harbor Bridge was designed to eliminate the traffic jams caused by the bascule bridge. But there was another bridge that also figured into the plan to relieve the congestion from Corpus Christi to North Beach: the Tule Lake Lift Bridge.

The Tule Lake Lift Bridge carried rail and vehicle traffic over the upper harbor at the Port of Corpus Christi. The bridge, seen here in 1959, the same year it opened, cost about $6.3 million.

Located about 3.5 miles into the upper harbor at the Port of Corpus Christi, the lift bridge was in operation for just under 50 years, allowing road and rail traffic to access the north side of the port at Navigation Boulevard.

The span could be raised 140 feet above the channel, and the two support towers were 190 feet tall. The lift bridge was completed the same year as the Harbor Bridge, welcoming the first traffic in July 1959 while Harbor Bridge was completed in October.

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