Funding on the way for Coastal improvements

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Several hundred million dollars is on the way to South Padre Island to design and construct several important projects. It’s part of $2.8 billion from the federal government for improvements along the Gulf Coast. Besides South Padre Island the money will also go to other places like Houston, Galveston and Port Aransas.

The projects at SPI will include the construction of a storm surge barrier and emergency vehicle drive-over. Funds for the engineering and design of beach access improvements using green technologies also part of the plans for the federal funds.

The bill was secured by U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

“This is sort of the bricks and mortar work that Congress needs to do. It’s simply the fundamental, basic, building blocks we need to construct in order to keep our country safe and prosperous.” said the senator.

Much of the push for the projects centered around the devastating impact Hurricane Harvey had on the coastal region. The Rio Grande Valley was one of the only areas of the gulf not severely impacted by the hurricane.

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