Heavy rains forced state officials revise their plans to shut down key sections of Port Avenue as part of the Harbor Bridge Project.
Port Avenue between Antelope Street and Leopard Street was supposed to have been closed from May 24 to June 14. Those plans changed after a fierce storm front blew into the Corpus Christi area on Wednesday, leaving roads, neighborhoods and farmlands flooded.
Torrential rain and high-speed winds, gusting at times up to 40 mph, were expected to continue through the week.
In a statement, Flatiron/Dragados, the chief contractor on the bridge project, said the Port Avenue closure has been rescheduled to begin June 5 because of the rain and to avoid Memorial Day weekend.
It will be reopened June 26.
The long-term closure is necessary for utility work related to the Harbor Bridge Project, which is now in its 57th month.
Motorists heading south on Port Avenue will be detoured onto Martin Luther King Drive and follow the detour signs to Nueces Bay Boulevard and Leopard Street.
Drivers heading north on Port Avenue will be detoured onto Leopard Street and follow the signs to Nueces Bay Boulevard and Antelope Street.
Portable message signs will help motorists navigate the alternate routes. Business driveways along the closed section of Port Avenue will be granted access for customers and employees.
Motorists are urged to be aware of the closure, consider using alternate routes, follow all traffic control devices, and to slow down in the work zones. All work is weather permitting.
Built in the 1950s, the bridge connects Corpus Christi’s Northside with North Beach.
Flatiron/Dragados was hired by the Texas Department of Transportation to replace it with a cable-stayed span.
The $930 million project broke ground in August 2016 and is considered the largest publicly funded infrastructure effort in Texas.
Chris Ramirez writes about energy, commerce and all things business. Support local coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe