Second causeway closer to reality

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Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

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Citizens listen to county and state officials at the South Padre Island Convention Centre concerning a second causeway linking the mainland to the Island. Also pictured (above) is a rendering of the second bridge. (Staff photo by Cole Avery)

Officials announced Tuesday the plans for the preferred location of the second causeway connecting South Padre Island to the mainland.

The preferred second access will begin at Holly Beach Landing and end at some point between beach accesses five and six on the northern end of the Island. The new bridge would be four lanes, two traveling in either direction, and stretch 7.2 miles.

Traffic off the bridge would go west on FM 510, then south on Buena Vista Drive to Highway 100.

Known as reasonable alternative six, it is the preferred plan of officials from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority. The plan is one of 11 reasonable alternatives considered.

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