Port of Corpus Christi bridges $20M gap at HarborPort of Corpus Christi bridges $20M gap at Harborhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=115842015-12-22T06:00:00Z2015-12-22T22:00:00Z

​PORTLAND - The Port of Corpus Christi became the first government entity to authorize up to $20 million to buy out properties near the proposed route of the new Harbor Bridge.

The bridge plays a huge role in molding the region's commercial landscape. The agreement was also pivotal to protecting the estimated 65,000 motorists who cross the bridge each day.

The state named the team of Flatiron Constructors Inc. and Dragados USA Inc. to design and build the span.

As part of a proposed agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation would offer a voluntary acquisition and relocation plan, which the port would carry out and fund up to $20 million. The port would be responsible for carrying out the program, and the transportation department would be responsible for any additional costs.

The span, which connects Corpus Christi's Northside with North Beach, has a vertical clearance of 138 feet. The hope is to accommodate taller vessels through the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Transportation officials want to replace it with a six-lane, cable-stayed bridge with a minimum 205-foot vertical clearance above the 400-foot-wide ship channel.

Officials have said the proposed plans would not force anyone out of the neighborhood, and that the draft agreement would provide those options for residents who want to continue living in the neighborhood or move to another.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Corpus Christi
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