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Arroyo City piers deemed unsafe

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A popular park in Arroyo City will be improved after county officials deemed their piers unsafe. “These two piers are closed temporarily for repairs, Cameron County Parks Director Joe Vega said adding it is part of a bigger project they’re working on this year. Adolph Thomae Park was quiet Wednesday afternoon. “We used to come here when they were open and it was packed in here,” said Juan Zuniga, a park visitor. “Now that they are broken, we all see them at the island. The two piers in the park are getting a makeover.

“It TMs not ADA accessible. The sidewalk has shifted from the walkway on the pier,” said Joe Vega, the park director. Vega said the pier is more than 20 years old and has become dangerous for families. The county is investing $80,000 on fixing them. “When you deal with marine grate materials and the mobilization of equipment and that drives the price pretty up, said Vega. The county has four coastal parks and 10 community parks they oversee.

This year, they have a capital improvement budget of $275,000. Vega said an engineer is doing an assessment of the pier and will have a final report ready by next week. “We are trying to improve the quality of life for residents here in Cameron County, said Vega. Vega said they hope to have these two piers back open by June.

Once they get the final report of the assessment and the engineering plans, they will go before commissioners to hire a contractor for the repairs.

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