The old seawall was deteriorating and breaking up, causing concern that the U.S. Corps of Engineers could stop navigation on the Mission River, according to O.G. Randle, vice president of the Water Control and Improvement District No. 2.
“The thrust of the project is to try and preserve the shoreline,” Randle said.
Randle said the project is funded in part by a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant in the amount of $225,000.
Also, a $130,000 Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant was used to help fund the project.
The entire “Mission River Boat Ramp Improvements” project totaled between $330,000 and $342,000.
County Commissioner Stanley Tuttle’s Precinct 2 committed to 25 percent of the total in the form of in-kind services.
“We’ll be doing back filling and redoing all of the parking lot and road,” Tuttle said.
The new 217-foot-long seawall is at the end of Mission River Road.
“We’re hoping in later years to land some more grants to redo the boat launch. The thing right now is to put in the seawall,” Tuttle said.
“We had some incidents where some people banged up their fiberglass boats because of the concrete under the water,” Tuttle said.
“It’ll be a lot better when the shoreline will be stable,” Randle said.
Randle noted that the construction firm of J.M. Daividson, of Aransas Pass, was the contractor.
“I’m really pleased they were the low accecptable bidder. They’ve been in business since the 1970s,” Randle said.
Randle is working with the contractor to see the construction through.
“I’m somewhat associated with projects like this since I worked at Reynolds,” he said.
Randle retired from Reynolds in 1999 after 42 years.
Tuttle noted that the Mission River Road boat ramp is the only public boat ramp on the Mission River.
The project is due to be completed, according to the contract, by mid-February.