Here’s how the new Harbor Bridge project is going in Corpus Christi.
Fewer people will be working on the Harbor Bridge replacement project in 2021, the same year a crucial design of its main span is expected to wrap up, the project’s chief contractor told city officials Tuesday.
Roughly 300 workers including craft laborers and subcontractors, are slated to work on the massive project through 2021, said Lynn Allison, a spokeswoman for Flatiron/Dragados.
That’s down from the estimated 645 people who currently work in all those areas.
The year 2021 will prove to be a busy one for Flatiron/Dragados, the company that was hired by the Texas Department of Transportation to do the work on the $930 million project.
“This is a large project. As the natural evolution of projects goes … activities get concluded and we focus on the new activities,” project manager Keith Armstrong said.
Construction continues on the new Harbor Bridge on December 27, 2019. (Photo: Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times)
It’s when officials from Arup-CFC are expected to finish their review of the main span. The company was hired in July as its new engineering designer after transportation officials dismissed FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc.
TxDOT last year suspended design work on the bridge, dismissing its previous designer FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc.
Allison said officials hope to have a span design by fall 2021.
With its distinctive Napoléon hat-style look, the metal bowstring Harbor Bridge was built in the 1950s. Transportation officials have made a priority of replacing it with a taller, wider and modern cable-stayed bridge.
Groundbreaking on the project was in August 2016.
When complete, the replacement bridge promises to be the longest of its kind in the nation, measuring 1,655 feet at its main span.
It also will have a higher clearance — 205 feet above the water, compared with 138 feet today.
This is a developing story. Stay with Caller.com for updates.
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