City of Corpus Christi Selects LAN to Rehabilitate Breakwater at McGee Beach
The City of Corpus Christi has hired civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to rehabilitate the breakwater downtown near McGee Beach. LAN will provide coastal and civil engineering services for the project.
This will be the first major improvement on the breakwater since its installation 50 years ago. The breakwater, along with the seawall, is the area’s secondary defense against hurricanes through storm surge protection. Construction on the project is projected to start in the spring of 2019.
This rehabilitation will also prevent excessive erosion from taking place on McGee Beach and act as a secondary defense against wave forces. The breakwater also enables the creation of the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina and its defining T-heads, which are the heart of downtown Corpus and popular with locals and sightseeing tourists alike.
The project is part of an overall effort undertaken by the City to revitalize the downtown City Park area and bring more tourism to the Marina Arts district. In addition to the breakwater rehabilitation, the City has plans to make more improvements to the seawall, add flood protection to the museum area, improve the salt flats levee, and improve the storm water pump stations at Kinney Street and Power Street.
“We believe that this project will benefit the community immensely,” said Scott Harris, LAN’s regional manager. “We are looking forward to working with the City to create a robust design that will serve the community for the next 50 years.”