Initial Damage Estimate Released

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It’s been over a month since the collapse of the Isla Blanca Park entrance at South Padre Island, but it’s an approximate half a million dollar estimate that’s raising concerns for residents.

Now we find repairs may cost more than what was originally proposed.

This week the 450-thousand-dollar damage estimate is finally revealed.

A white pickup truck knocks down support beam at the entrance of the Cameron County Park on December 7th. The driver, Devin Scott Holly, was charged with ‘Duty Upon Striking a Structure’ and ‘Failing to Immediately Report an Accident’ the next day.

Cameron County approves about 40 thousand dollars to have the entrance operational a few days after the incident. “We authorized an immediate emergency repair for the demolition of the toll both and the canopy area. That’s going to cost us approximately 40 thousand dollars,” says Cameron County Judge Trevino.

However, the initial 450-thousand-dollar damage estimate caused an uproar on social media.

Some were questioning where the money was going while others were labeling the estimate as outrageous.

News Center 23 has been requesting those figures since day one. You can see them below.

Turns out it will cost more than 450 thousand to repair the damages. Big ticket items include concrete canopy, concrete columns, and new paving.

Keep in mind that this estimate is not final amount that will be spent on repairs. It’s similar to a price tag, not what the taxpayer has spent so far.

You can see more details on this collapse here.

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