What is next for $1 billion Houston bridge after county fired bridge designer?
HOUSTON The most expensive single project in Harris County history is in limbo after commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to fire the designer of the $1 billion Houston Ship Channel Replacement Bridge. A vote to hire a replacement designer is scheduled for the next Harris County Commissioners Court in September. Selecting FIGG Bridge EngineersHarris County hired FIGG Bridge Engineers to design the bridge in 2013 and approved the final design in 2017, Ed Emmett said, who served as county judge at the time. The decision to hire FIGG initially by the (Harris County) Toll Road Authority was a reasonable thing to do, he said. Harris County Commissioners plan to hire a new bridge designer, likely COWI, the firm that conducted the independent review.