Texas Governor Gregg Abbott joined federal, state and local officials Monday afternoon at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Highway 181 Harbor Bridge Project.

Local business and community leaders gathered at the ceremony as Gov. Abbott, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold, State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and State Representative Todd Hunter offered comments.

The ceremony marks the start of construction in the new Harbor Bridge project.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live with more details.