Breaking News
More () »

Harbor Bridge project so far hasn't hurt North Beach's Spring Break tourism

The ongoing construction can make traffic patterns erratic and confusing for out-of-towners, but businesses are willing to help tourists get around.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Roads can be confusing for many tourists as they make their way to the local attractions and beaches because of various projects over the years.

North Beach is a popular spot for many during Spring Break. However, as construction continues on the New Harbor Bridge Project, exits and signs change over time. 

"When somebody changes a sign or a stop sign or moves something, and I'm used to going a certain way and not paying attention, that's a problem," said Corpus Christi Dist. 1 City Councilman Everett Roy.   

Roy spoke with people on the beach, local restaurants, and tourist attractions. 

They all told him everything was going smoothly. He said tourists have less of an expectation about traffic on North Beach, and having an updated GPS should help people less familiar with the area get around. 

"For the average visitor that's outside of the area, I think that, you know, they're using their GPS and they're just working their way to the location," Roy said.

Pier 99 Restaurant is between two of the Coastal Bend's most popular attractions: the U.S.S. Lexington and Texas State Aquarium.

Pier 99 Restaurant Manager Damon Leanox told 3NEWS that various construction projects nearby do affect how many local customers they get, but still get lots of business from tourists. 

"It's something that we've gotten used to and luckily hasn't really affected our business too much," Leanox said.

With about 2,000 people served a day, March is the busiest time of the year for Pier 99. 

Leanox said it can get so busy, the parking lot for customers and employees fills up fast. He said he tells his employees to get their early and give themselves more time to commute to avoid traffic concerns. 

"Especially in times like this, when we have two main tourist attractions on either side of us, people are out anyways. We just happen to be lucky enough to be right in the center of it," Leanox said.

Some customers also need advice on how to leave, since getting back to U.S. Hwy. 181 can be difficult if you don't know the area. Leanox said his staff is happy to give them directions. 

"Once you, you're trying to head back into town it can be a little bit confusing with the detours that they have getting back onto the bridge. But, getting out here isn't too bad, there's one exit and then you're here," Leanox said.

Roy also said drivers should be aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, stressing the importance of having a designated driver or getting a ride.

He also reminds swimmers to watch for dangerous rip currents at the beach. Roy told 3NEWS, he plans to meet with people around North Beach this week to see if there are any ongoing traffic concerns.

More from 3News on KIIITV.com:  

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for your daily news and exclusive extended interviews.

Do you have a news tip? Tell 3!

Email tell3@kiiitv.com so we can get in touch with you about your story should we have questions or need more information. We realize some stories are sensitive in nature. Let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous.

Before You Leave, Check This Out