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Old 07-20-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I am just curious. This was my first trip to Port A and of course we have used the ferry daily. I was just wondering why though since it is a short distance that you are on the ferry isn't there a causeway bridge instead? In the long run wouldn't that save the city money? I imagine having to run and staff the ferry daily adds up to quite an expense.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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You can come in through Corpus Christi (JFK Memorial Causeway), and drive up Mustang Island to get to Port A, but it's a lot longer, obviously.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Since it is such a short distance, and the height needed to provide clearance to the large ships passing through the channel, I don't think it is feasible. You would be looking at +$100 million for the cost, and I would guess 200-400k in yearly up-keep...compared to 1-3 million in current operating costs (don't know the exact cost).
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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One of the travel papers mentioned that the state spends about $6 million on the ferries at Port A yearly. A bridge that would allow shipping traffic would have to be a drawbridge, as something tall like the JFK wouldn't have enough land to come back down to sea level, as the channel is directly adjacent to the island. Drawbridges cost a lot to build and maintain as well. I'm sure somewhere someone did the math and decided either a)ferries are cheaper, or b)ferry lobbyists are better or more attractive.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:55 PM
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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Plus, the ferry is cool.
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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yes it is.....
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thanks for the input. Was just curious to the reasons behind it either way. Was kind of weird being on a ferry with an 18 wheeler! My son jokingly said "don't tick off Optimus Prime for the next few minutes, ok"

Definately made it easy to get to and from for us on the trip.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We always look forward to the ferry ride, if you get out and stand at the front during the ride you can often see dolphins surfacing during the crossing.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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With the direction the bridge would come onto the island, cars would not get off the bridge till close to the beach. To get really high the bridge has to be very long. Port A doesn.t have room for the landing of a bridge that long.

Also a draw bridge would not be effective due to the high volume of sea traffic that passes by there. The bridge would not be down enough to let cars off the island.
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