Corpus Christi: TxDOT Funds Infrastructure at POCCA and Other Texas Ports
Feature Photo (above): Rincon Road looking south from the Rincon Industrial Park at the Port of Corpus Christi. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — The Port of Corpus Christi Authority announced today its receipt of a Texas Department of Transportation grant that will be used to make improvements for road access to the Rincon Industrial Complex.
The TxDOT grant was one of eight grants recently awarded to port authorities and navigation districts along the Gulf Coast. TxDOT provided the funding through the Port Access Program of the Texas Mobility Fund, which dedicates financing to improve safety and fluidity of roads around Texas seaports.
The grant for Corpus Christi is $3,763,988, and it is to be used to expand Rincon Road by 3,400 linear feet to include intelligent transportation system components, lighting, striping, signal installation and improvement of the intersection.
There has been significant growth in recent years along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Inner Harbor, including additional rail infrastructure. This created the need for a new frontage road south of the rail corridor that parallels the Joe Fulton Corridor to maintain vehicle safety and mobility.
The Rincon Industrial Complex is one of the newest facilities targeting breakbulk cargo such as wind energy components, military cargo and steel pipe. The Port of Corpus Christi has made significant capital investments on Rincon in the past two years, including the construction of 40 acres of flexible cargo storage space and roughly 12,000 linear feet of rail to accommodate liquid transloading and processing of breakbulk cargo.
Additional congestion from the construction of the new Harbor Bridge has increased the traffic burden on Rincon Road.
The Rincon Road expansion project is listed in VBX as Project ID 2020-43ED.
Recipients for TxDOT’s most recent round of Port Access Improvement Program were selected by TxDOT’s Port Authority Advisory Committee on March 30. Almost $20 million is being distributed in the Fiscal Year 2020 Rider 38.
Birds-eye view of the Port of Harlingen. Courtesy: Port of Harlingen Authority.
The largest individual grant, almost $5.3 million, went to the Port of Harlingen Authority in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The Port of Harlingen will use the funds to construct a queuing area and expand Robles Road by 2,200 linear feet from FM 1846 to Arroyo Colorado.
Another LRGV port, Port Mansfield in Willacy County, received $2,919,107 to proceed with Phase 1 of a two phase project to construct a queuing area on port-owned land near SH 186 for container-on-barge service.
Port Mansfield is governed by the Willacy County Navigation District, and their board of directors acknowledged receipt of the funding at their April 6 meeting.
The eight TxDOT port access projects are listed here:
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.