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Harbor Bridge Sidewalk Talk gatherings keep community in the know

Posted at 8:39 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 22:06:47-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Harbor Bridge Project has been hosting sessions for the community to learn more about the new bridge. They are calling these quarterly gatherings Sidewalk Talks.

Corpus Christi residents met in the Whataburger Field parking lot Saturday morning, in front of the South tower portion of the bridge construction.

Designers, builders and project managers use these Sidewalk Talks as an opportunity to share information and allow local residents to ask questions.

"This is a monumental project for Corpus Christi," Public Information Manager, Lorette Williams says, "so we want to make sure that the citizens are really plugged in to what going on with the construction."

The new Harbor Bridge will be the largest cable stayed bridge in the United States.

"A lot of people want to know about the aesthetics of the bridge. A lot of people want to know if the new bridge will have lights on the bridge," Chris Urser, Senior Project Engineer, says. "The new bridge will have a lighting system, the aesthetics are going to be beautiful, and we're hoping all of Corpus Christi will be proud of this project once complete."

The project has achieved some major milestones recently, including progress on the South Tower near Whataburger Field and nine completed spans of the North approach bridge decking.

The bridge will include a ten foot wide shared use pass for pedestrians and bikers. Benches and telescopes will also be placed along the pathways for visitors to enjoy.

While the Harbor Bridge Project does not have a set completion date, the team wants to continue to engage the public and get the city excited for what's to come.

The next Sidewalk Talk date has not been announced, but the Harbor Bridge Project managers plan to continue these public meetings.