Corpus Christi Plans Nearly $32M for Bridge

By: AP
By: AP

A planning group has earmarked nearly $32 million to help replace a landmark bridge in South Texas that's part of a hurricane evacuation route.

Experts have said the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi could cost about $800 million to replace.

The board of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization on Thursday pledged the funds for fiscal years 2017 through 2019. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Friday that part of estimated $31.9 million for improvements comes from the Federal Highway Administration.

The Harbor Bridge was constructed in 1959. State engineers have said Corpus Christi needs a taller, more salt-resistant span.

The Texas Transportation Commission has allocated $291 million. State officials have said they'd like local contributions of as much as $100 million in support of the bridge replacement project.

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