World Class Harbor Bridge Construction Project Ready to Go
Aug 09, 2016
Along with State and Federal Officials, Port Corpus Christi is excited to announce the beginning of a truly momentous project. With a symbolic turning of the dirt the official U.S. 181 Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Replacement Project is set to begin. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center on the afternoon of Monday, August 8, 2016, in the shadow of the current Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge.
The U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Replacement Project will result in the longest precast concrete cable-stayed span in the United States, the third largest of its kind in the world. The height of the new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will allow some of the world’s largest ocean-going vessels entrance to the Inner Harbor at Port Corpus Christi. With a draft of 205 feet, the current Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge could fit underneath the structure of the proposed new Harbor Bridge.
The six-lane structure with shoulders is scheduled to be completed in 2021 for about $930 million. Funding is being provided locally by Nueces and San Patricio Counties, and Port Corpus Christi as well as state and federal sources and includes a 25-year maintenance agreement with the developer.
State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott provided opening remarks at the ceremony, commenting on the history and his memories of the current bridge, and the tremendous potential the new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will open for the State of Texas.
Local, State, and Federal Dignitaries join Port Corpus Christi in a symbolic turning of the dirt to commence construction of the New Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge.