CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — TxDOT has agreed to move up reconstruction of the Yorktown mud bridge to 2025, a year earlier than previously planned, according to Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni.
City of Corpus Christi officials held a news conference at the mud bridge on Wednesday morning to update news outlets and the public on the bridge repairs.
Zanoni also said that the new timeline for repairing the current bridge is three months because 22 of the bridge's 55 pilings need to be fixed.
"That's gonna take a little bit of time," he said. "That's not something you get done in a few weeks like we have on the embankments."
That process, he said, will require barges to work on the problem from the water in order to slowly remove the piling's concrete down to the rebar and replace it.
Funding for design work for the newly reconstructed bridge now will be available in 2025, he said, and that money also will cover the engineering work, utilities reconstruction, environmental work and the bridge's construction.
"What we told told the community is probably March is the best case scenario on when the bridge will reopen. That's when we will have the pile caps restored. The bridge will be in safe conditions and reopen to the public," he said.