A major project is causing major traffic delays in some parts of South Padre Island.
Some fear that traffic may not get much better with the Spring break season right around the corner.
From the city’s convention center to Isla Blanca Park, it’s an overhaul to the sidewalks.
Construction was not an issue during the winter offseason, but come spring and traffic is beginning to pile up.
We took to city hall to find out if traffic may get worse during the Spring Break season.
SPI Right of Way Officer Willie Higginbotham tells us the project is a sidewalk improvement for “a total of 11.86 miles to increase mobility…”
it’s part of a 3.5-million-dollar grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Construction has been underway since mid-2017. Business owners are concerned that access to their storefronts will be closed as the Spring Break Season approaches. Spring break is notorious for having traffic lines reach all the way to port Isabel. South padre island has a population of about 3,000 people. The city received 137,000 visitors during last year’s spring break alone.
“They won’t be doing any construction between March first and March 31st due to Spring Break and Semana Santa,” says Higginbotham.
The goal of the project is to beautify the sidewalks. They plan to add custom brick patterns, add shrubbery and make bike lanes more accessible.
Landscaping is expected to begin in April. Completion is expected mid to late May.
In the meantime, we’re told activity will cease for Spring Break. The fencing that may block business entrances will be taken away and gaps where the landscaping will go will be filled with dirt for safety.
The city is asking residents to be patient. They will have to deal with traffic during construction and again during the busy season.