The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA), in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing a transportation project providing a second access point to and from the island. The development of the South Padre Island 2nd Access Project started several years ago with the initiation of an environmental process that included a series of public and stakeholder meetings to gather valued input and identify issues important to the community.
With an increasing number of vehicles in the State of Texas destined to travel to South Padre Island, new infrastructure developments are needed to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety. Along with the further development of a new access, we open the doors to economic development in the region.
The second access will consist of three major components; the mainland roadway, the Laguna Madre crossing bridge, and the island roadway. The route under consideration includes a four-lane road crossing across Laguna Madre with about 8 miles of tolled lanes. The total length of the second access will be about 17.6 miles. At the moment, the final environmental clearance is estimated to be approved by Summer 2016 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Upon approval of the environmental clearance, construction can be expected to commence in 2017 or 2018. For more information concerning this project, please contact us.