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About the Bridge 2017-08-10T10:01:08+00:00

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Flatiron/Dragados, LLC, is the Design/Build firm selected by TxDOT, through a competitive bid process, to complete the construction of the new Harbor Bridge.

The construction of the new US 181 Harbor Bridge is the culmination of years of research, dedication, collaboration and public participation involving a number of local entities under the leadership and direction of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The project is now in the final phase which includes the design and construction of the bridge.

The project includes replacement of the existing Harbor Bridge and reconstruction of portions of US 181, I-37 and the Crosstown Expressway. The project will include the development, design, construction and maintenance of a total of 6.44 miles of bridge and connecting roadway. The bridge will include six-lane sections of US 181, three lanes in each direction with a median barrier, shoulders, and a bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path. Additionally, the project includes the reconstruction of approximately 1.6 miles of I-37, reconstruction of approximately one mile of the Crosstown Expressway and demolition of the existing Harbor Bridge.

CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE

Key Project Milestones

SUMMER 2016

2016

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY


BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS


CONSTRUCTION OF IH-37 INTERCHANGE BEGINS


2016-2020

2020

CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES


EARLY SPRING 2020

2020

CONSTRUCTION OF CROSSTOWN / I37 COMPLETE


LATE SPRING 2020

2020

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BRIDGE COMPLETE


DEMOLITION OF OLD HARBOR BRIDGE BEGINS


2021

2021

DEMOLITION OF OLD HARBOR BRIDGE COMPLETE


CONSTRUCTION MAPS

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FAQs

The HBP includes replacement of the existing Harbor Bridge and reconstruction of portions of US 181, I-37 and the Crosstown Expressway. The project will include the development, design, construction and maintenance of a total of 6.44 miles of bridge and connecting roadway. The bridge will include six-lane sections of US 181, three lanes in each direction with a median, barrier, shoulders, and a bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path. Additionally, the project includes the reconstruction of approximately 1.6 miles of I-37, reconstruction of approximately one mile of the Crosstown Expressway and demolition of the existing Harbor Bridge.
The total cost of the Project is approximately $802.9 million.

The project is expected to take five years to complete. Click here to see a high-level construction timeline.

The new Harbor Bridge will be made of concrete and include cable-stay bridge design. Once complete, it will be the longest, cable-stay, concrete-segmental bridge in the United States.
TxDOT has determined that US 181 and the Harbor Bridge must be improved to maintain a safe and efficient transportation corridor. The existing bridge has safety issues associated with the lack of shoulders, steep grade, a reverse curve, and an accident rate that is higher than the statewide average. The Harbor Bridge also has high maintenance costs and provides no acceptable access for those on foot or on bicycles. Furthermore, the bridge’s 138 feet of navigational clearance, which met World War II standards when it was built, make it difficult for the Port of Corpus Christi to compete with other Gulf Coast deep water ports because of larger ship sizes today.

A new bridge would allow TxDOT to improve safety, thereby reducing accident rates; provide better opportunities for moving people and goods (including military equipment and Port assets) throughout the region; provide adequate capacity to meet future traffic demand; and provide greater economic development opportunities for the Port of Corpus Christi.

The project will affect some individuals and we realize a project of this magnitude may cause discomfort for some people. We also understand how important it is to communicate with those individuals that are directly affected by this project. We are committed to open communication with affected owners and we realize the impact this will have on some individuals. Our goal is to do everything we can to reduce the impact of the project and to assist if relocation is required.

Individuals can call the toll-free hotline at 1-877-227-4144 to report concerns, issues or ask questions. The public can also send correspondence to publicinformation@harborbridgeproject.com. Additionally, click here to submit comments via this website.

HBP property and relocation experts will contact affected owners to review options so they will be able to make the most informed decision to best meet their specific needs.
A variety of communication tools including public meetings and presentations, website, social media, and media/traffic advisories will be used to keep the public informed and updated on project happenings.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US 181 HARBOR BRIDGE

Bridge Bits
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PROJECT TEAM

Pedro Chico Lopez
Pedro Chico LopezProject Manager
(361) 288-2900
Rob Boyce
Rob BoyceConstruction Manager / DPM
(361) 288-2900
William Hasbrook
William Hasbrook Chief Integration Officer, Project Executive
(361) 288-2900
Jay Rohleder
Jay RohlederDesign Manager
(361) 288-2900
Darrell Chambers
Darrell ChambersDesign Build Coordinator
(361) 288-2900
Lorette Williams
Lorette WilliamsPublic Information Coordinator
(361) 446-9542