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Jun 27, 2013 10:41 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

State has Money it Needs to Replace Harbor Bridge

CORPUS CHRISTI - Tx-Dot says it finally has enough money to replace the Harbor Bridge.

The bridge is more than 60 years old and Tx-Dot began the process to replace it more than 10 years ago.

Tx-Dot committed another $310 million to the project today, bringing them to a total of $700 million.

They hope to start construction in 2017 and finish the bridge by 2022.

There are several possible paths for the bridge, but the most likely scenario would extend crosstown all the way to Hwy 181, north of the ship channel.

The final chunk of money from Tx-Dot has been long awaited.

The City, the Port, and other counties have all already put in $100 million combined into the project.

The bridge will also be over 200 feet tall, allowing large ships traveling from the newly renovated Panama Canal to go under the bridge.

Johnny Ramirez has lived in Corpus Christi since the year the bridge was built, 1959.

He says it's time for a new one.

"It's about time they built something better," he says, "Because there's a lot of people, a lot of concerns over that bridge, that it's getting too old."

Well, now, at last, it looks like this project is a "go".

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