Breaking Ground on the New Harbor Bridge
Last week, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge is an icon for those of us who grew up with it and the new Harbor Bridge will be an icon for our children and grandchildren. It will be the largest of its kind in North America and its bottom will be higher than the top of the current bridge. Coupled with the deepening and widening of the port channel, larger ships will now be able to access the Port of Corpus Christi to transport more goods - creating hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in local investment. The new bridge will also be safer, require less maintenance and decrease congestion and traffic.
I’ve consistently advocated for the bridge project. I’ve led the effort in Congress, as well as worked with state and local leaders, port officials, and industry leaders, to bring this project to fruition. I also brought House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Schuster (R-PA) to see first-hand what we are trying to do. Construction of the new bridge should take about five years and will change the face of the harbor for the better.
This project is a national example of what can happen when federal, state and local governments work together.