COPANO BAY FISHING PIER CLOSED TO PUBLIC | Evaluation of physical condition required

Posted: June 22, 2017

"In the interest of public safety, the Texas Department of Transportation today recommended the immediate closure of both sides of the Copano Bay Fishing Pier until an assessment of its physical condition can be performed. 

Aransas County officials and the Aransas County Navigation District, which operates and maintains the pier, agreed with TxDOT’s recommendation to close the pier to the public. The action follows the collapse of a short section on the pier’s south side on June 9. No one was injured.

“At this point, public safety demands that the pier be closed. A thorough evaluation is required before a future course of action can be determined,” said Chris Caron, P.E., district engineer for TxDOT’s Corpus Christi District.

The pier is the original Copano Bay Causeway in Aransas County that was completed in 1931. The wooden structure, which is more than 85 years old, was cut to aid boat traffic and features 2,500 feet of fishing access on the south end and almost 6,200 feet of pier on the north end. 

A new higher, wider and safer $105 million Copano Bay Causeway on SH 35 that is parallel to the fishing pier was opened to traffic in late April. It replaces a second causeway that was built in 1967.

For more information, contact Rickey.Dailey@txdot.gov or (361) 808-2544."

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