- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Leaders of the Port of Corpus Christi have approved paying up to $20 million to buy out homes along a route for a planned new Harbor Bridge.

Commissioners approved the plan Tuesday.

The Corpus Christi City Council and the Corpus Christi Housing Authority on Tuesday also endorsed the port’s buyout plan for residents of the Hillcrest neighborhood wanting to move pending construction.

The Texas Department of Transportation has suggested a voluntary acquisition and relocation plan, carried out by the port. TxDOT would be responsible for any costs above $20 million.

The more than mile-long Harbor Bridge was completed in 1959 and has 138-foot clearance. The new six-lane highway bridge, estimated to cost up to $1 billion, would have vertical clearance of 205 feet to accommodate larger vessels, including cruise ships.

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