Replacing of Corpus Christi's Harbor Bridge to Take 5 Years

A project official says demolition and replacement of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi should take nearly five years.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Port of Corpus Christi commissioners received the update Tuesday on the $1.15 billion project.

The current Harbor Bridge opened in 1959. The new span will have higher clearance for larger cargo ships and possibly cruise vessels.

Port officials earlier this month announced the Federal Highway Administration approved the plans.

Steve Lowry with HNTB Corp. says demolition of the bridge, its approach spans and highway embankment will require an estimated 1,760 work days.

Lowry says the first stage will be to build a cable-stayed bridge and interchange west of the current span. Traffic will be allowed on the current bridge until the new span is complete.

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