Jun 27, 2013 12:58 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A replacement for the Harbor Bridge is now closer to becoming a reality as the Texas Transportation Commission has committed another $310 million towards the project. Those funds will be combined with $291 million from the state and $100 million from regional governments and entities.
Officials are looking at a target date of 2017 to begin construction on replacing the span that links Corpus Christi and the North Beach area. The Harbor Bridge has stood since the late 1950's.
The plans for a replacement have been in the works for more than 10 years. TxDOT is looking towards a taller structure that will allow larger vessels, including cruise ships, to pass into the Port of Corpus Christi.
A decision on where the new bridge will be placed has not been made. Officials wanted to secure the funds for the project first.