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July 7 2016 Harbor Bridge Community Advisory Board Meeting Summary
Record of Decision Announced for US 181 Harbor Bridge Project
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed construction of the US 181 Harbor Bridge Project improvements in Nueces County, Texas. With the ROD signed by the Federal Highway Administration on January 8, 2016, TxDOT may now begin 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 would replace the existing Harbor Bridge and reconstruct portions of US 181, I-37 and the Crosstown Expressway. The improvements would 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.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Corpus Christi District, is 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 is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates 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 (where construction would eventually take place), 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?
We need your ideas and suggestions as we work through the EIS process for Harbor Bridge. This website helps us communicate and collaborate with you as the project proceeds.
Visit this web site often to learn about project developments as they occur, and to submit your comments and questions during the entire process.