The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA) in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), are collaborating to provide SPI the 2nd Access.
The proposed project consists of three major factors: the mainland roadway, the Laguna Madre crossing bridge, and the island roadway.
The route under consideration includes a mainland roadway consisting of a four-lane road, crossing across Laguna Madre with about 8 miles of tolled lanes. The total length of the second access is approximately 17.6 miles.
In November 2013, the Texas Transportation Commission approved a $5.1 million funding agreement to be used in the continued study and development of the second access project. The $5.1 million is used to finalize the draft environmental impact study and for traffic and revenue studies. Once this is done the design, and then the construction of the project can begin.
This is not a short-term project. It’s a long term project and providing a second causeway access will create thousands of jobs over a 30 or 40 year period.
The funding from the Texas Transportation Commission gives an idea of the commitment and importance of the project to the State of Texas