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Proposal for second bridge to Padre Island makes it to the Texas House

The lawmaker looks to remedy the fact that the JFK Causeway and bridge are the only means of access to and from Padre Island from Corpus Christi.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A bill was filed in the Texas House of Representatives calling for a second bridge to be built over the Laguna Madre.

State Rep. Todd Hunter tells 3NEWS he filed House Bill 2894 on Monday, which calls for a plan, an environmental review, and a design proposal for a bridge to provide additional access to and from Padre Island.

If built, the structure would be built in either Nueces county or Kleberg county, and would be part of the state's highways system.

Nueces County commissioners passed a resolution supporting the construction in January. The bill is the next step in the process.

"We're very excited that Todd has filed this legislation," said Nueces County Commissioner Brent Chesney. "It's the step in which we have to take, we have to get this thing going. We absolutely have to have a second point of access on and off Padre Island. That will also help Port Aransas and the entire island community."

Hunter's legislation also calls for TxDOT to include the bridge in it's 10 year unified transportation program. 

The program is used as a guide by state officials for project development. Also, just because an item makes the list does not guarantee that the state will build it.

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