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Workers back on JFK bridge Thursday to resume construction following hurricane season

TxDOT will start to set up the one-lane in each direction traffic pattern Thursday on the bridge to continue the project.
Credit: City of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Traffic flow on the JFK Causeway bridge will go back to one lane Thursday so work can resume on the final phase of the JFK Bridge Project. 

The final phase of the $9 million project was temporarily put on hold during hurricane season, which ended Wednesday. Construction will start again Thursday on the south side of the bridge. 

"We will be restriping the lanes and moving steel barriers," said TxDOT information specialist Rickey Dailey. "All that work is expected to be done by early next week." 

The new traffic pattern will consist of one eastbound lane and one westbound lane on the causeway, Dailey said. The speed limit is reduced to 50 mph in the project area. 

Credit: City of Corpus Christi

"This is not the entire causeway, this is only the bridge," he said. "This is the same pattern we had in effect months ago."

Dailey told 3NEWS the JFK Causeway project is an effort to extend the life of the bridge, while reducing maintenance costs. 

Meanwhile, city of Corpus Christi Asst. Director of Construction Management Brett Van Hazel announced Phase 1 of the Waldron Project will be taking place simultaneously.

"You know construction in multiple locations like this can cause some delays, but again, we encourage the public to plan accordingly," he said. "Know there is going to be work going on SPID, the JFK Causeway along with the Waldron Road and maybe some other locations in close proximity." 

Waldron Project construction will take place from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The project is expected to take up to 7 months to complete. 

Dailey said they are aiming to have the JFK Causeway back open to four lanes when Spring Break returns. 

"Now there will still be additional work going on under the bridge, but as far as one lane in each direction that should be completed," he said.

Motorists should expect delays and allow extra travel time. TxDOT also reminds drivers that the speed limit is reduced to 50 mph in the project area. 

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