DALLAS - Harris County, Texas' proposed takeover of the Houston Ship Channel Bridge is jeopardized by obstacles in obtaining $90 million of federal funds to complete linking toll roads and to use revenues to pay debt, an official said yesterday.

"We may not be able to purchase the bridge from the Texas Turnpike Authority because we would not be able to pay the debt," said Wesley Freise, executive director for the Harris County Toll Road Authority. "We need assurance that we can apply the federal funds at our own discretion."

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