Pelican Island bridge plans could change

Texas A&M University at Galveston students cross Seawolf Parkway on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. The road runs between Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall and the Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island.

The question at hand for people interested in building a new bridge to Pelican Island is whether that can be done in a way that makes all the main users happy.

At stake now, as local leaders contemplate a cheaper alternative than the $91 million span they’d all been working toward, is Texas A&M University at Galveston’s continued support for the project.

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(6) comments

Richard Moore

Here is a thought: Instead of “scrambling” to find a sponsor for this project – essentially in order to include in its finances a specific pot of government money - why not work with the Port to develop a compelling case for the need for a new bridge, including its functional design. In the next month the Port will invite input from it’s owners (citizens) in a “Master Plan” for the port. That planning, along with Stakeholder (citizen) input, should help define the various land uses for the Port properties on Pelican Island. Those “uses” should in turn inform the functional design of a new connector to Pelican Island – vehicle only or with a rail extension as well. The Bottom line is once a compelling case for the land use on pelican island has evolved – the financing for improving the connectivity will evolve. There are numerous ways to achieve the financing. Let’s not put the chicken before the egg and unintentionally “limit” the land use of this asset.

Jarvis Buckley

I honestly think Texas A&M should foot the bill for the bridge. It certainly benifits their campus & they can well afford it. If they can gaurantee a head football coach $75 million , then schedule teams like Lamar . They can
contribute to Galveston by paying at minimum their fair share.

Jarvis Buckley

Other powerhouse teams on A&M's
Football schedule this year besides Lamar are Texas State & UTSA if they can pay 75 million guaranteed money to Jimbo Fisher. They should be able to help with the bridge. That's all I'm saying.

George Croix

Quiet, Jarvis.
My six Aggie season tickets cost is already dipping into my cold Diet Coke supply funds....[beam]
Unless you also want UTMB to help foot the bills for the Harborside and Broadway makeovers, too, in which case, it's a wash.....[wink]

Jarvis Buckley

George if the bridge benifits UTMB
they should definitely pay their fair share.

George Croix

Jarvis, do Broadway and Harborside benefit UTMB....
The bridge is an ongoing maybe. The roadways are a doing it now...[beam][beam]
Only Life Flight can get there without a road.....
Think about it, each business benefiting from any way to get to it pays a share of all access repairs, above and beyond their normal taxes.

I get your point, but it's something of a first step onto the slanted ice.......[smile]
Next step is a guy with a collections coffee can ringing your doorbell for your part of street repairs.....
I think a voluntary offer would be great, but not likely that anyone or any entity would do so when they'd be the only ones.....

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