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North Padre Island residents will soon be able to cross the island from one side to the other on a boat. 

That’s thanks to the Park Road 22 bridge the city is building and a canal underneath it the private sector is building. 

The roughly $18.5 million bridge will include two spans — one northbound, the other southbound — that would run over the canal and within the right-of-way of Park Road 22.

The bridge is to be built about halfway between Commodores Drive and Whitecap Boulevard. 

During its regular meeting Tuesday, City Council approved a change order for ground improvements for the project for additional funding of $575,000.

The city is paying Corpus Christi-based Haas-Anderson Construction about $14.5 million to build the bridge. City Council awarded the construction contract in January. Funding comes from street bonds in 2004 and 2008. 

Construction is slated to begin in October and be finished in August 2021. 

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TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMESThe proposed traffic signal for Park Road 22 would be on the northern portion of the road near the JFK Causeway. (Photo: TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES)

“City Council, with the policy direction leadership of Councilman Greg Smith who represents the Island, approved two very important actions that continue to advance the game-changing Park Road 22 Bridge, canal and pedestrian walk,” City Manager Peter Zanoni said. “Council’s actions demonstrate the the City’s commitment to the Island and the strong public/private partnership investment of over $20 million towards the project’s completion.”

Each span is expected to stretch about 128 feet. 

After the bridge is completed, it will be a reconstructed 4-lane road with pedestrian walkways and golf cart access under the bridge connecting east and west sides of Park Road 22, according to city documents. 

The bridge is also part of the Regional Parkway plan.

That project, planned by the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization, aims to connect State Highway 286 and Park Road 22. Regional Parkway construction is estimated to cost about $400 million over several decades. 

Council also on Tuesday awarded a construction contract to Robstown-based Bridges Specialties, Inc. to build a wastewater pump station for the bridge. The $3.4 million funding for the project is paid for with the wastewater capital reserve. 

The wastewater pump station will replace a sewer main that is being removed for the construction of a canal to go under the bridge. 

Construction is slated to begin in October and be finished in August 2021. 

The canal 

In May, construction started on a $2.3 million 100-foot-wide and 2,500-foot-long canal on North Padre Island to run under the $18 million Park Road 22 bridge the city of Corpus Christi plans to build. 

The canal has been completed. The connection of the inland coastal ocean waters near Packery Channel to the existing canal on the southwest side will be completed as the bridge is finished, Zanoni said. 

The canal runs between about 160 acres of undeveloped land.

The canal will create a “San Antonio River Walk”-like atmosphere, Dist. 4 Councilman Greg Smith has said. Smith represents the island and Flour Bluff on City Council. 

The canal will also spur economic investment and development in the area. 

In May 2020, construction started on a 100-foot-wide and 2,500-foot-long canal on Mustang Island to run under the $18 million Park Road 22 bridge the city of Corpus Christi plans to build. It’s slated to be finished sometime in fall 2020. (Photo: Contributed by Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni)

Developers had to agree to build the canal for the city to commit to building the Park Road 22 bridge. 

The new waterway is part of a future canal that would connect Lake Padre, east of Park Road 22, with the Padre Isles canal system, west of the road.

The canal is owned in partnership with Diamond Beach Holdings, LLC,  an affiliate company of the International Bank of Commerce, and Padre Island Holdings, LLC, which is also known as Austin-based Axys Capital Credit Fund, LLC. 

IBC took over Schlitterbahn Riverpark and Resort in Corpus Christi more than two years ago. The park has since been renamed Waves Resort and Waves Waterpark Featuring Schlitterbahn. 

The bank got the water park when Upper Padre Partners, LP, failed to make payments of $16 million on a 2015 loan from the bank. 

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In May 2020, construction started on a 100-foot-wide and 2,500-foot-long canal on Mustang Island to run under the $18 million Park Road 22 bridge the city of Corpus Christi plans to build. It’s slated to be finished sometime in fall 2020. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

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