As a vice president of Texas A&M University and the chief operating officer of the Galveston campus, I would like to express my appreciation for County Commissioner Ken Clark. His commitment and tireless efforts to find a path forward for the replacement of the Pelican Island Bridge have been crucial to the conversation and strategy development.
The current bridge is considered to be “functionally obsolete,” and is a limitation for the growth of industry on Pelican Island and Texas A&M Galveston.
The Texas Department of Transportation extended an offer to contribute $45 million in support of the new bridge construction project with a stipulation requiring that a design decision and funding commitments be finalized by summer 2018. Within weeks of beginning my position here in March 2017, Ken Clark was in my office to learn about future plans for our campus and the impact of the various bridge options under discussion.
I have witnessed Clark working tirelessly to understand the issues from all angles and continuing the pursuit of a solution which best meets the needs of all stakeholders.
Thank you, Commissioner Clark! Texas A&M University and the residents of Galveston County owe you a huge debt of gratitude.