Members of the State Transportation Commission were in town Wednesday for a big public meeting that will be held at the Solomon Ortiz Center on Thursday.
Here's what Commission Chairman Ted Haughton was saying about the effort underway to replace Corpus Christi's Harbor Bridge.
"I think it's a good sign that we allocate a certain amount of dollars to it," Haughton said. "That's a first step, that we've set aside a certain amount of dollars for the Harbor Bridge. That's the first step. The second step is what location will determine the ultimate price, and what height."
The State has reportedly set aside more than $290 million for the project, but the it will require millions more. One main benefit, of course, will be to dramatically increase the size and number of ships that can do business at the Port of Corpus Christi.
"Houston, Brownsville, Freeport, all of our ports are vital to the entire state," said Jeff Austin, commissioner of the Texas Department of Transportation. "But as far as back to your question as to finding the funds, yes, we have set aside some funds for the bridge, and we look forward to working with the locals."
That TxDOT commissioner meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Solomon Ortiz Center.
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