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Port Aransas jetty repairs begin

A rendering of the jetty work now underway in the Corpus Christi Channel at Aransas Pass by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Courtesy image

Repair work began Monday, Oct. 19, on the north jetty in Port Aransas, which was damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing construction on the entrance jetty to the Corpus Christi Channel at Aransas Pass. Cost is estimated at $39 million. Luhr Brothers Inc. was granted the contract for the job in September 2019.

The jetty will be closed to public use while contractors bring in 95,000 tons of armor stone and 112,000 tons of blanket stone for both the north and south jetties. They are also replacing a section of the concrete cap on the south jetty.

“Maintenance of the jetties is critical to stabilize and reduce shoaling of the Aransas Pass and the Corpus Christi Entrance Channel,” said Belynda Kinman, operations project manager with the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers.

The jetties were built between 1868 and 1899 by the Corps. Current repair work is expected to be completed by May 2021.

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