March 26, 2024

It’s the first major project on the JFK Causeway since it was built in 1973, and it’s expected to last the next six months.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The JFK Causeway Project is causing some major headaches for drivers traveling to and from Padre Island.

Phase one of the project is expected to last until Memorial Day next year, meaning added travel times as traffic condenses to just one lane each direction.

It’s the first major project since it was built in 1973. The Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Corpus Christi estimate 32,000 cars travel across it daily. Padre Island Restaurant owner Anthony Tagliaferro hopes this is an eye opener for the City government. 

“There’s only one real major way for us Islanders to get off the Island, and that is the JFK Causeway. We are in need of a second one,” Tagliaferro said. “A lot of the Islanders are hoping that this will open up the City’s eyes to see that the traffic is going to back up during Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, and holidays and stuff like that.”

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