The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is proposing an upgrade of FM 2444 or Staples Street from Oso Parkway near Kings Crossing to SH 286 or Chapman Ranch Road. The existing two lane roadway with narrow shoulders serves as a commuter route and connection from the Southside of Corpus Christi to SH 286 and downtown as well as to Texas A & M University – Kingsville and Naval Air Station Kingsville. Traffic continues to increase and upgrades are needed to improve the safety and operations of the route.
The Corpus Christi MPO identified the upgrade of this route as a priority and provided $20 million in construction funding for the project. Planning efforts are underway to determine the specifics of the needed improvements and to gather public input on the ultimate roadway layout or scope of the upgrade. The City of Corpus Christi Urban Transportation Plan, adopted in March 2010, identifies this route as an “A3 arterial” with a median which means long range (25 to 30 years) the plan would be for a six lane boulevard type roadway. Recognizing that existing traffic volumes do not meet the recommended volumes to support this long range facility, the proposed improvements are being planned for the ultimate facility but constructed in phases to meet today’s traffic and safety needs.
Public input is being sought to make sure that both the planned ultimate facility and the phased or interim upgrades meet the safety and mobility needs of both the commuter population and the adjacent property owners. TxDOT is in the process of developing an environmental document to address any potential impacts associated with the proposed upgrade including the need for additional “right-of-way” or property to accommodate the footprint of the improvements.
In an ongoing effort to improve safety and relieve congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission has approved $24.4 million to build additional lanes and make other upgrades to FM 2444 (Staples Street) from SH 286 to the Oso Parkway intersection near Kings Crossing - Read TxDOT Press Release.
The links shown below will direct you to information relative to the planned ultimate facility and the proposed interim upgrades as well as opportunities to capture your comments, concerns and suggestions on how to improve the planned project.
Please recognized that this is a dynamic process and subject to change. Monitor this page for possible changes to the Interim plan as further information becomes available.