Interlocal Collaboration Leads to New Roadway Expansion on Junior Beck Drive
$4.9 Million Dollar Project Will Begin Next Month
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the City Council approved a $4.9 million construction contract to Reytec Construction Resources, Inc., of Corpus Christi, Texas, for the reconstruction of Junior Beck Drive. The project will begin in February 2022 and take an estimated 13 months to complete.
The project is divided into two street segments. Segment 1 is a complete reconstruction of Junior Beck Drive from Bear Lane to the dead end. This segment of Junior Beck Drive is classified as a minor residential collector and was initially constructed in 1980. Segment 2 is an extension of Junior Beck Drive from the dead end to Old Brownsville Road. Segment 2 was planned in the original construction of the road but was never built. Both segments will be constructed using concrete.
“A project first envisioned eight years ago for an overlooked area where the street is in constant disrepair due to heavy industrial traffic, the expansion of Junior Beck is a great example of collaboration, partnership and creativity,” said Roland Barrera, District 3 Councilman. “With funds from Bond 2018, the Department of Commerce and Nueces County Commissioner Joe Gonzalez, we are not only able to improve the road but expand Junior Beck to enhance economic development in an industrial part of District 3. Special thanks to the engineering staff and particularly Commissioner Gonzalez.”
“I want to thank the City Council, specifically the Mayor, City Manager and Councilman Roland Barrera and the Armando Ortiz Family for taking an interest in moving this long-overdue project to reality,” Nueces County Commissioner Joe A. Gonzalez (JAG) said. “This project is a win /win for the City, County, local business and most of all, the West Oso ISD tax base. This will not only help eliminate flooding, but the businesses will have access to Bear Lane and Old Brownsville Road. My heartfelt thanks to the vision of the late Armando Ortiz and his family for not giving up. Now let’s break ground.”
Funding for the District 3 project comes from an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City and Nueces County to design and create construction plans for the project. Additional funding was also provided by a United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) reimbursement grant for $3 million and $1.4 million in Bond 2018 Street Funds.