- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Nueces County has pledged at least $12 million toward a new Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi that could cost as much as $1 billion.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved the payments, spread over four years, to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1wlvZMC ) reports San Patricio County, Corpus Christi and the Port of Corpus Christi also are providing funds, right of way authorization or other contributions.

The more than mile-long Harbor Bridge was completed in 1959. Experts say an updated span is necessary to accommodate larger ships and attract business, amid expansion of the Panama Canal.

The existing Harbor Bridge has a 138-foot clearance. The plan would raise the vertical clearance to 205 feet. The upgrade could also open Corpus Christi’s inner harbor to cruise ships.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com


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