Causeway warning system trips from possible power outage, high winds

first_img RelatedBomb threat closes Causeway on eve of collapse anniversary  Editor’s note: This is a developing story.  By Gaige Davila [email protected] UPDATE: The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway has reopened following a bomb threat that closed both lanes and left people in both Port Isabel and South Padre Island in traffic for several hours. The Causeway was reopened around 4…September 15, 2020In “News”After bomb threat, Causeway collapse memories resurfaceBy Gaige Davila [email protected] The City of Port Isabel hosted this year’s memorial ceremony for the 19th anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse, the morning after a bomb threat closed the bridge for more than eight hours. City leaders both South Padre Island and Port Isabel, some of them…September 19, 2020In “News”Apprehended and Arraigned: Suspects in Laguna Heights murder arrestedBy Gaige Davila [email protected]           Two suspects in the murder of Miguel Angel Aguilera Orduna, who was found dead in his Laguna Heights home on October 6, were arraigned on Thursday, October 17, in the Port Isabel municipal court, presided by Helen Delgadillo.  Nelson Orona Santiago,…October 17, 2019In “News” Photo by Gaige Davila.Safety barrier comes down, bridge access halted, reopened after nearly two hoursBy Gaige [email protected] by Gaige Davila. UPDATE: Eastbound and Westbound lanes have been reopened as of 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway shut down on Wednesday morning just before 9:00 a.m. on February 26. The initial cause was thought to be high winds triggering the bridge’s warning system, installed after the Causeway’s 2001 collapse.A spokesperson with the Pharr District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said high winds can cause driver warning systems to trip, but the likely cause was a power outage on the Causeway, Port Isabel Police Department (PIPD) Chief Robert Lopez told the PRESS. The City of South Padre Island released a statement also saying the bridge’s closure and warning system triggering was due to a possible power outage.Lopez said PIPD is checking on the bridge and is waiting for a TxDOT representative to inspect the bridge. The spokesperson for TxDOT said the process should take 15 minutes once they arrive. Lopez told the PRESS they will arrive within 30 minutes. Photo by Gaige Davila.PIPD squad cars blocked access to the bridge minutes after the barrier came down, causing traffic lines down South Garcia street and Highway 100, in Port Isabel. Traffic from South Padre Island has also been stopped. Photo by Gaige Davila.center_img Sharelast_img