City Approves Request to Transfer Ownership of SH 9

City to Gain Ownership of Leopard Street from IH37 Frontage to Water Street

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today's regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Mayor Paulette Guajardo and the City Council approved a resolution requesting the transfer of ownership from State Highway 9 (Leopard Street from IH 37 Frontage to Water Street) from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to the City of Corpus Christi.

In 1965, the State Highway Commission and City Council agreed to transfer maintenance of State Highway 9 to the City of Corpus Christi as portions of IH-37 were completed. In October 2020, TxDOT conducted an audit of interlocal agreements and discovered that the jurisdiction, control, and maintenance of State Highway 9 had not been transferred to the City.

The City's Public Works Department assessed the right of way and notified TXDOT that portions of Leopard Street needed reconstructing before the City agreed to the transfer. Proposed improvements include hot mix base repairs and cement-treated enhancements on the outside lanes with a two-course surface treatment from FM 2292 (Rand Morgan) to Cantwell Drive.

TXDOT anticipates bidding out the construction project for Leopard Street in February 2024. Construction is expected to begin in April 2024 and be completed by July 2024.

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