Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Lights May Be Out Soon
The decorative lighting system on the Harbor Bridge may soon be dismantled.
Lighting pieces broke off and fell from the bridge due to corrosion of its metal brackets, said city manager Peter Zanoni. The useful life of the brackets was five years. The system has now been in existence for over 10 years.
In the last week, light strips started to peel off the side of the bridge on two occasions, he said.
“They haven’t (fallen), but they tend to fall,” Zanoni said. “One of them was held up by a thread or something.”
“There are many points of failure in the support system.”
City staff recommend that city council approve a $ 448,725 deal with LaPorte-based Pfeiffer & Son, LTD to remove the lights, according to a note to the agenda of the regular council meeting on Tuesday. .
The project would take around 10 weeks.
In December, the board approved the company to inspect the lighting and secure or remove any parts that could fall.
Pfeiffer & Son found that the system’s metal mounting brackets, which are enclosed in plastic pipes, are “severely corroded and unstable” and “can break at any time,” according to the memo.
The company installed the lights in 2010. At the time, the city chose not to follow a recommendation to install stainless steel brackets.
The board could choose to spend around $ 850,000 to have the company fix the system instead of removing the lights. Pfeiffer & Son would replace the corroded mounting brackets with stainless steel brackets and repair some of the lighting over a 16-week period, according to the memo.
Almost a quarter of the lights are broken, Zanoni said.
“We need it so badly that it would be a bad investment to do it,” Zanoni said. “We grew up to take advantage of these lights, but from a financial standpoint, we think it’s the best option.”
Construction of new Harbor Bridge has been ongoing since 2016.
Pfeiffer & Son, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation and Scott Electric, has performed several lighting repairs over the past year.
“It’s a dangerous situation,” Zanoni said.
Funding for the removal would come from the city’s general fund with a mandatory 50% repayment from the Corpus Christi Port Authority, according to the memo.
The lights were installed in 2010 as part of a funding agreement between the city, TxDOT and the port. The agreement specifies that the city and the port are also responsible for maintaining the system.
The city information officer discusses the 50% refund with the port staff.
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