On behalf of Cianbro/Brasfield and Gorrie, a Joint Venture, we are happy to announce that the Galveston County Commissioners have voted today to proceed with the Galveston Causeway Bridge Project, and have selected the JV to be awarded the job. The project consists of rebuilding and expanding the old causeway railroad bridge connecting Galveston to the mainland. The JV will widen the gap in the causeway for use by seagoing traffic. The gap will increase from 150 feet to 300 feet. The JV will also construct a system to lift a portion of the bridge for barge traffic. The bridge is currently considered to be one of the most dangerous thoroughfares in the United States. This project will alleviate the risk for marine vessels.
The project is funded primarily with federal stimulus money administered by the Coast Guard. Rail traffic on the span is managed by the BNSF Railway Company. The Cianbro/Brasfield and Gorrie Joint Venture looks forward to working with all parties and stakeholders involved in the project.
Though Cianbro is new to Texas, the company has a significant history with Brasfield and Gorrie, including an ongoing contract in Bangor, Maine. Cianbro's Brian Watson will take on the responsibilities of Project Manager in Galveston. The bid has been a great team effort by both Cianbro and Brasfield and Gorrie. Thanks go out to the estimating team, the contracts team, and all of the other partners and stakeholders involved in the project. The job starts immediately, and all team members involved with the project look forward to building a safe, high-quality bridge for the Lone Star state.