Corpus Christi–Where do things really stand with the Harbor Bridge project? That is the question that almost everybody in town is asking these days and State Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) took to TXDOT on Monday wanting answers and better communication.
“This is a state project,” Representative Hunter said on Monday evening via telephone call to the Southside Light. “I wanted better communication with the media and the public on this project.”
On Friday, TXDOT reported that the design worked had been stopped while officials look into an NTSB report surrounding a Florida Bridge collapse last year that killed six people and was designed by the same firm, Figg Bridge Engineers, that has been handling the design on the Harbor Bridge project. State officials are also looking at the Phase I design of the Harbor Bridge Project, which at this point officials seem satisfied with.
For most people, including local lawmakers the issue boils down to good old fashioned communication and that is why earlier on Monday a call took place with Rep. Hunter, Senator Hinojosa and others call took place.
“From here on out there will be a person (Rick Dailey) that the media and public can call and he will communicate with them on this project and the progress that is being made,” Rep. Hunter said. “There had to be somebody that people could call.”
In addition to ensuring that the public is well informed, Rep. Hunter said that the Texas Department of Transportation has agreed to do a number of things including providing a weekly briefing on the project to state level lawmakers in both San Patricio and will provide officials in both San Patricio and Nueces Counties with a detailed report in 30 days with their findings.
There are numerous players involved in a project of this scope and Rep. Hunter told the Light that he has reached out to lawmakers from around the area at the state level whose constituents hold a stake in the matter and all will be included.
As far as the project itself, TXDOT told lawmakers today that work that has already been completed is safe and that construction on parts of the project that has already been approved is still underway.
TXDOT did confirm to lawmakers that the project will be delayed but no definite time frame has been set.
Those included in the weekly call with legislators will be Senators Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen; SD 20), Zaffirini (D-Laredo; SD 21), and Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham; SD 18). From the House the weekly update will include Representatives JM Lozano (R-Kingsville) and Abel Herrero (D-Robstown) along with Hunter.