Laguna Boulevard Reconstruction; City of SPI gains input on design for latest project

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — On the bayside of this coastal city, is a frequently used boulevard where several residents and businesses reside.

After several years of planning and time spent gaining input from the community, this area is moving another step closer to getting its makeover.

The City of South Padre Island held a workshop and two open houses this month for its Laguna Boulevard Reconstruction Project.

According to SPI public works director Carlos A. Sanchez, the project is estimated to cost $6.4 million.

The project has five potential design options.

According to project documents, various alternatives exist, which present different obstacles that will need to be addressed.

Current designs show which areas will need the most public input and which areas are not affected as much.

All of the project’s potential designs include — a six inch high curb and gutter, drainage, pipe crossing at every intersection and widening every intersection.

Maps, drawings and other information about the project were on display during the open houses to show potential design concepts.

The material can be viewed on the project’s website at https://tinyurl.com/y5dszhr4.

According to city officials, the purpose of the open houses was to gain input from the community regarding the reconstruction of Laguna Boulevard.

Pictured is “option 4” of the reconstruction of Laguna Boulevard on South Padre Island. Courtesy photo

Some of the questions city officials have for the community regarding the project include — should parking be considered on the west side or east side, where should a bike lane be incorporated and should a sidewalk be provided on the west.

According to Sanchez, the open houses provided opportunities to be involved with the project and examine it in greater detail, as well as suggest priorities and strategies.

Project personnel were on site during the open houses to help visitors interpret drawings and other material and to discuss the boulevard’s possible design and effects of the project.

The public is still able to complete a survey regarding the project at https://tinyurl.com/y3bomrwp.

According to Sanchez, all of the feedback will be compiled and a final recommended concept will be given to city council as early as Aug. 19, depending on the feedback results.