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.