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Another route considered for Island to Southside

Posted: 11:08 PM, May 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 00:08:43-04

Currently, residents on the Island have two ways to get out of the area.  They can leave via the Port Aransas Ferry or the JFK Causeway.  The City is considering another route to offer those residents a way out of the City during a hurricane.

Tomorrow, the Corpus Christi City Council will hear plans for a proposed third route to alleviate traffic congestion and serve as another hurricane evacuation route.  The proposed route is a corridor linking Park Road 22 and the Crosstown Extension or State Highway 286.

TXDOT along with the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization will give council members insight on their findings regarding the alternate roadways aimed to alleviate traffic on the island.

The two groups have done several environmental and economic studies about population growth and overcrowding on the south side and the island.

“I think this is a guide or a plan as to what’s going to happen in the future. If we have to, if we need to take the steps to creating another Hurricane Evacuation route, this is where we’re leaning, and it’s a pretty good solution,” said Michael Hunter, Corpus Christi City Council.

It’s unclear how much the proposed corridor would cost or when work would begin on the project.