CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A proposed bridge on Park Road 22 that has been in planning for some 17 years may finally be close to being constructed.
The project is designed to enhance a planned residential and retail development across the road from the Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort on Padre Island.
The $10 million project includes the digging of a canal and a pedestrian foot bridge from one side of the highway to the other. The City of Corpus Christi has been waiting on the developers to sign an agreement that outlines their committment to the project.
Councilmember Greg Smith and City Director of Engineering Jeff Edmonds said that agreement may be near.
"Supposedly we're close," Smith said. "I understand the developers are ready to sign the MOU at the end of this month, but we'll wait and see. I've got my fingers crossed."
"The dilemma has been council doesn't want to run the risk of doing this major bridge project if the canal is not being built leading up to the bridge, and the developer has a similar dilemma in that they don't want to invest millions of dollars in building a canal if the City's not going to build the bridge underneath," Edmonds said. "So they're trying to work out an agreement to make sure both parties perform on that."
The water exchange bridge would connect the waterways on the west side of Padre Island with Lake Padre on the east side.
The City said if an agreement is signed in the next few weeks, they could start advertising for bids in the next three months.
The 12-foot tall bridge is expected to take about two years to complete.