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TxDOT to Hold Public Meeting on Harbor Bridge Developments

Design work on the new Harbor Bridge Project in Corpus Christi has been suspended pending investigation. The project is already two years behind schedule. Courtesy photo

Over the next 30 days, the Texas Department of Transportation will provide weekly briefings on the status of the new Harbor Bridge Project with legislators representing Nueces and San Patricio counties. The move comes after TxDOT suspended the FIGG Bridge Group from the project. At the end of the 30 days, TxDOT promised a public briefing for people in both counties.

“They have also, at my request, designated Rickey Dailey as the person in charge with providing the media and the public all information and updates on the project,” said State Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi). “We have been told that construction right now is good and fine and safe. That’s phase one. Phase two is the design plans, and those are being reviewed.”

Dailey works out of the TxDOT Corpus Christi District Office at 361-808-2544.

The suspension came after FIGG Bridge, the engineering firm for the Harbor Bridge, was cited by the National Transportation Safety Board for lack of oversight in a pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida in March. The collapsed bridge, which fell on traffic underneath, killed six people and injured 10. FIGG also designed that bridge, which was built for Florida International University.

“Public safety is our top priority, and we have received commitments from TxDOT that there are no safety concerns with any part of the project that has been completed to date,” reads a media release from Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, State Rep. Abel Herrero, and Hunter. “The suspension of the FIGG Bridge Group is to ensure that a comprehensive review is being conducted to design plans for construction that has not been completed.”

In an email to Corpus Christi Business News, Dailey reported that construction on the bridge has not stopped.

“TxDOT is currently reviewing future construction plans and will determine and share any impacts this may have on the project when this is complete,” he said. “Safety is always our top priority, and we are committed to applying the highest standards of rigor to the process.”

The suspension will further delay bridge construction, which is already two years behind schedule. Originally planned for competition in 2021, the bridge will probably not be finished until 2023, although no completion date has been announced.

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