In January 2018, TxDOT initiated construction along a 15-mile section of SH 358 (South Padre Island Drive) in Corpus Christi, Texas (Nueces County) to enhance safety and increase mobility. The four-year project consists of multiple phases and is located on SH 358 from just north of Leopard Street to just east of Flour Bluff Drive.
This 15-mile project includes the following improvements to address safety and mobility:
- Reconstruct several eastbound entrances and exit ramps between Ayers Street and Nile Drive, including:
- “Reversing ramps” between Weber Road and South Staples Street. This involves converting existing entrance ramps into exit ramps and vice-versa, similar in design to the previously “reversed” westbound ramps between Weber Road and Airline Road.
- Relocating the exit ramps serving Kostoryz Road/Carroll Lane and Weber Road.
- These ramp reversals and relocations will increase safety and mobility by providing additional distance for exiting vehicles and frontage road traffic to merge and queue while approaching signalized intersections.
- Widen and construct new auxiliary, or "merge," lanes on the eastbound mainlanes and frontage road between Ayers Street and Nile Drive to allow drivers entering and exiting the highway to safely merge with other traffic.
- Improve lighting and reconstruct the existing mainlane median barrier between Ayers Street and Nile Drive to enhance safety.
- Construct new sidewalks between Ayers Street and Nile Drive to improve safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Improve traffic signal timing and connectivity along the eastbound frontage road to increase mobility.
- Improve Intelligent Transportation Systems along the entire corridor to provide drivers and emergency responders with accurate, up-to-the-minute traffic information.
The project is being constructed in ten phases and is expected to be complete in summer 2022. More information on the activities associated with each phase and the projected timeline can be found on the project fact sheet and the detailed SH 358 Improvements Presentation.
These activities are planned through Summer 2021*:
Mainlane Shoulder and Median Barrier Reconstruction
- Removal of the temporary mainlane construction center median barrier began in January 2021 and will continue through summer 2021. The contractor is reconstructing the eastbound mainlane shoulder and constructing a new center median barrier from Ayers Street to east of Airline Road. The new center barrier has been completed from Ayers to Weber Road and construction on the remainder will continue through fall 2021. Drivers should expect frequent overnight freeway closures to allow the contractor to remove the temporary barriers and construct the new cast-in-place barriers.
Eastbound Mainlane Widening
- The eastbound mainlane widening has been completed between Ayers and Weber. The contractor will continue with widening the mainlanes between Weber and Staples Street through summer 2021. Drivers should expect daytime/night-time entrance and exit ramp closures during this part of the widening work.
Eastbound Overpass Widening
- Staples Street: Work on widening the Staples bridge/overpass began in January 2021 and will continue through summer 2021. Drivers should expect intersection nighttime closures for overpass widenings activities.
- The SH 358 westbound-to-eastbound frontage road turnaround at Staples will remain temporarily closed for overpass widening work. Drivers may instead make left turns at the intersection which will remain open.
- The SH 358 eastbound-to-westbound frontage road turnarounds at Staples will have intermittent daytime and nighttime closures as needed for overpass widening work. Drivers may instead make left turns at the intersection which will remain open.
Proposed Eastbound Ramps
- Weber Road Entrance/Everhart Road Exit Ramp Reversal: The contractor is working to reverse the Weber/Everhart ramps. The old Weber entrance ramp and old Everhart exit ramp closed permanently in April 2021. A temporary Everhart exit ramp was opened to allow drivers to access Everhart. Once the ramp reversal is complete, the new Everhart exit ramp will be located approximately a quarter-mile west of the existing ramp.
- The new ramp location will increase safety and mobility by providing additional distance for exiting vehicles and frontage road traffic to merge and queue while approaching the Everhart intersection. The change also helps reduce traffic conflicts and backups from the intersection onto the SH 358 mainlanes.
- Completion of the Weber/Everhart ramp reversal is anticipated in Summer 2021.
- Drivers wishing to enter the eastbound mainlanes from Weber may use the following detours:
- Northbound and southbound drivers on Weber may take the westbound frontage road to Kostoryz Road, use the turnaround, and enter the eastbound mainlanes using the Kostoryz entrance ramp.
- Drivers on the eastbound frontage road wishing to enter the eastbound mainlanes may use the Weber turnaround, take the westbound frontage road to Kostoryz, and enter the eastbound mainlanes using the Kostoryz entrance ramp.
- The left lane on the SH 358 eastbound frontage road between Weber and Everhart will also be closed until the ramp reversal is complete. Driveway access to all businesses and properties will remain open at all times.
- Airline Road Exit Ramp: Work continues on the new eastbound exit ramp to Airline. The new ramp will be located just west of the existing ramp and is anticipated to open in fall 2021.
- Airline Road: Drainage improvements at the Airline intersection with SH 358 will begin summer 2021. Drivers should expect nighttime intersection closures during drainage improvement activities.
- The city’s contractor continues work on the Airline Road project, located on the north side of the intersection with SH 358. TxDOT will continue to coordinate with the city’s contractor to minimize impacts to the public.
- Drivers should expect daytime delays and congestion on the north side of SH 358 at the Airline intersection during the city’s improvement work. Detour options will be provided in the event of an intersection closure.
- More information about the City’s Airline Road project can receive updates at Airline Road Project.
- Mainlane closures are expected in order to remove existing overhead sign bridge structures, install new overhead sign bridge structures, and place new signage for the new Everhart and Airline exit ramps. Drivers should anticipate nighttime closures of the eastbound mainlanes, as well as closures to exit and entrance ramps to complete the signage work.
Traffic Signal Upgrades
- Traffic signal work will continue between Leopard Road and Waldron Road through summer 2021. Many intersections will receive new poles and/or signals.
- Signal and lighting work will continue weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Intermittent eastbound and westbound frontage road lane closures will be required for the traffic signal work.
* All estimated completion time frames are based on the TxDOT contractor’s latest schedule information and are subject to change.
During project construction, drivers on SH 358 in Corpus Christi may experience delays due to temporary closures of the highway mainlanes, eastbound and westbound frontage road lanes, and intersections/turnarounds underneath the mainlanes. Most closures will take place during off-peak hours typically between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., though the times and days may vary. The speed limit within the construction zone from Ayers Street to Nile Drive is reduced to 55 miles per hour on the mainlanes and 40 miles per hour on the eastbound frontage road. Drivers need to watch their speed in the construction area. Drivers should also be on the lookout for construction workers at all times along the entire SH 358 corridor.
Please monitor electronic message signs near the construction site for daily updates, as well as Drive Texas and the Corpus Christi District's Twitter feed. Weekly traffic updates are also available for viewing here. Sign up to receive these updates here.
SH 358 Project Information Line: (361) 857-3084
TxDOT Corpus Christi District
1701 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78416