CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of Corpus Christi (City) achieved another milestone towards the timely construction of the new Harbor Bridge project. The two entities agreed in principle to terms for a final agreement on utility relocations required by the $1 billion project. 

On July 31, the Corpus Christi City Council authorized the city manager to execute the final agreement with TxDOT. According to Mayor Joe McComb, the City will pay for a maximum of $21 million in water, wastewater, and natural gas utility relocation projects.  

“The new Harbor Bridge is a once-in-a-lifetime project that epitomizes the great cooperation and partnerships needed to make something this significant happen,” Mayor McComb stated. “I appreciate TxDOT’s cooperation with this agreement. They understand the economic conditions of our residents and the fiscal responsibilities of the City to be good stewards of tax revenues. The City understands the opportunity this bridge presents and we have an obligation to improve mobility and safety for our residents, businesses, and visitors.” 

According to TxDOT Corpus Christi District Engineer Chris Caron the final agreement is a critical step in evolution of the Harbor Bridge project. “Utility adjustments are essential for a timely and successful completion of this project,” Caron said. “Working with the City on this piece of the project ensures that construction will continue to progress without interruption.” 

Three members of the Coastal Bend legislative delegation expressed support for the agreement and appreciation for the project partners. 

State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa commented: “This is more than just a bridge building project, it is a building block for the local economy and for the future of an entire region. Leadership and teamwork is what keeps the Harbor Bridge project on track to make it a reality.” 

State Representatives Todd Hunter stated: “To keep this project moving forward there needs to be constant communication and cooperation between the contractor, TxDOT, and the local governments. In every step along this complex project we have to keep working together.” 

State Representative Abel Herrero added: “Because the Harbor Bridge will be a catalyst for continued economic growth in the Coastal Bend, the agreement was a necessary step in helping the project move forward.”