Pelican Island Bridge Replacement
Galveston County contracted TGC to assist the county engineer’s office to develop a project to replace the old bascule bridge (aka drawbridge) that linked the smaller Pelican Island to Galveston Island. The existing two-lane bridge was obsolete and significantly past its useful life. Furthermore, it opened to let ships pass underneath about 2,500 times per year, resulting in significant delays for drivers and creating additional operations and maintenance costs. The degraded condition of the bridge along with its operational limitations were seen to contribute to unrealized industrial development growth on Pelican Island by existing and new businesses.
TGC assisted in project management, completed the environmental analysis, researched and provided subject matter expert advice on regulatory matters, initiated submerged property access negotiations, organized stakeholder communications, completed an economic impact analysis, and led the pursuit of state and federal discretionary funds.
The Pelican Island project created some unique challenges to TGC. We had to bring together diverse stakeholders that had an interest in a new bridge while at the same time holding their own vision and agendas as to how and in what form the replacement bridge should be implemented. It was one of our most exciting achievements to successfully reach consensus on a locally preferred solution for the replacement of the bridge and put the grant package together that led to a $66 million award in federal and state funding.