Harbor Bridge February 2017 Letter Agreement

Important Announcements

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board meetings are hosted at the Oveal Williams Senior Center.
Learn more about the Community Advisory Board here.

Visit the Harbor Bridge Project website!

During the Feasibility and Environmental Impact Studies, this website was the location for all Harbor Bridge Project related news and information. After the Texas Department of Transportation contracted with Flatiron/Dragados LLC to build the new U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Project, the website HarborBridgeProject.com was developed for information and updates related to the design and build phase of the project.

The CCHarborBridge.com website will stay online and be maintained with information related to the Community Advisory Board and as a historical site.

Record of Decision Announced for US 181 Harbor Bridge Project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed construction of the US 181 Harbor Bridge Project improvements in Nueces County, Texas signed by the Federal Highway Administration on January 8, 2016. TxDOT has begun the final design and construction of the project. The project limits include:  US 181 at Beach Avenue on the north; Crosstown Expressway at Morgan Avenue on the south; I-37 and Up River Road on the west; and I-37 and Shoreline Boulevard on the east.

The project will replace the existing Harbor Bridge and reconstruct portions of US 181, I-37 and the Crosstown Expressway.  The improvements will consist of constructing a six-lane controlled-access facility within a right-of-way width that varies between 200-430 feet, three lanes in each direction with a median barrier, shoulders and a bicycle and pedestrian shared-use path on the main span of the bridge and approaches.

The ROD identifies the Recommended Alternative as the selected alternative for construction of the US 181 Harbor Bridge Project. It also presents the basis for the decision, summarizes the mitigation measures that will be incorporated into the project, and summarizes the responses to comments received on the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

Notice of Availability

Voluntary Resolution Agreement

Four Party Agreement

Project Background

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Corpus Christi District, was determining whether the Harbor Bridge, which spans the Corpus Christi Ship Channel at U.S. 181, should be replaced. A Feasibility Study completed by TxDOT in 2003 concluded that U.S. 181 and the Harbor Bridge must be improved to maintain a safe and efficient transportation corridor.

With substantial public input, TxDOT prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluated several potential alignments for a new bridge, as well as a “no-build” scenario (leaving the current bridge in place).

What are the project limits?
The project limits extend approximately 2.3 miles along US 181, approximately 0.7 miles along the Crosstown Expressway and approximately 2.5 miles along I-37, and include: US 181 at Beach Avenue on the north; Crosstown Expressway at Morgan Avenue on the south; I-37 and Up River Road on the west; and I-37 and Shoreline Boulevard on the east.

The project is being developed under Section 6002 of Public Law 109-59, “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users,” (SAFETEA-LU), enacted on August 10, 2005. SAFETEA-LU implemented the development of a Coordination Plan for all projects for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.

The purpose of the SAFETEA-LU, Section 6002 Coordination Plan is to facilitate and document the lead agencies’ structured interaction with the public and agencies, and to inform the public and agencies of how the Coordination Plan will be coordinated and revised. The Coordination Plan will promote an efficient and streamlined process, and good project management through coordination, scheduling, and early resolution of issues as well as to encourage public and agency participation in and comment on the environmental review process for the Harbor Bridge Project. This Coordination Plan will be updated following each step of the NEPA process to describe the development of the EIS and public involvement processes.

Why this website? 
This website was built to work with the community through the EIS process for Harbor Bridge. It was used to help communicate and collaborate with the community as the project proceeded.