Public Hearing - Harbor Bridge
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Public Hearing - Harbor Bridge

Where: Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center
402 Harbor Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Open House: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
TxDOT Presentation: 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Public Comment Session: 7:30 p.m.
Purpose: The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) invites you to an open house and public hearing on the US 181 Harbor Bridge project. The project staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. A formal presentation will begin at 7 pm with a public comment period at 7:30 pm.

The Public Hearing will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending the public hearing with special communication or physical needs are requested to contact Rickey Dailey at 361-808-2544 at least 10 business days before the hearing so that appropriate arrangements may be made. TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend the Public Hearing and provide input on the project. Verbal and written comments may be presented at the hearing. Written comments not submitted at the Public Hearing may be mailed to Christopher Amy at TxDOT, 1701 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78416, or submitted online or via email. Written comments will be accepted until March 3, 2014.

For additional information, contact Texas Department of Transportation, 1701 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX, (361) 739-6960
Description: The proposed project includes the replacement of the Harbor Bridge and the reconstruction of portions of US 181, I-37, and the Crosstown Expressway in Corpus Christi, TX. The project is needed to maintain the long-term operation of a US 181 crossing of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and to address safety risks caused by design deficiencies. The project limits extend both north-south along US 181 and the Crosstown Expressway and east-west 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.

Four alternatives plus a No-Build alternative are being considered, and a preferred alternative (Red) has been identified for the proposed project. The proposed project would potentially involve the relocation of residences and businesses, and about 30 acres of right-of-way for the Green Alternative, 69 acres for the West Alternative and about 50 acres each of right-of-way for the Red and Orange Alternatives. At the Public Hearing, TxDOT will provide information on relocation assistance. In addition, the project would potentially require the use or taking of public land designated for use as parks and recreation areas, including Lovenskiold Park, TC Ayers Park, and the Rincon Channel Wetlands. All four alternatives involve impacts to wetlands and existing floodplain. The existing Harbor Bridge is considered to be a historic resource and would be removed as a result of the proposed project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Section 4(f) Evaluation prepared for the proposed project is available for review on the project website and at the following locations: 1) La Retama Central Library, 805 Comanche Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401; 2) Oveal Williams Senior Center, 1414 Martin Luther King Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78401; 3) TxDOT District Office, 1701 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78416; and, 4) Solomon Ortiz Center, 402 Harbor Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.
Contact: Harbor Bridge Project Manager
1701 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX

(361) 739-6960