Friday, May 5, 2017 Causeway Closure REOPENED


May 5, 2017 1:08 p.m.


Traffic is currently being diverted back through Port Isabel as local authorities work to reopen the bridge. The bridge is expected to reopen in two to three hours. As further information becomes available it will be posted here:

Port Isabel Remembers 9/15 & Friends and Neighbors Lost 11a


Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega and Commissioners invite the public to join together at the base of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, on Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:00 a.m., for a moment of silence on the 13th anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway collapse.

The Public is Invited to Attend.

We will never forget the lives that were lost, the heroes that saved lives and brought comfort and neighbors that became friends.

In memory of~Robert “Bob” Harris, Hector Martinez Jr., Harpoon Barry Welch and Chelsea Welch, all of Port Isabel; Julio Mireles of Los Fresnos; Robin Leavell of Mercedes; Stvan Francisco Rivas of Humble, Texas; and Gaspar S. Hinojosa of Kingsville. And the survivors~Rene Mata, Gustavo Morales and Bridgett Goza.

For more on this historic event, click here:

Plans underway for 10th Anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse

In the early morning hours of September 15, 2001, just four days after 9/11, a barge struck the Queen Isabella Causeway causing a portion of it to collapse. Eight lives were lost and three survivors rescued from the waters of the Laguna Madre Bay.

A decade later, members of the communities bridged by the Queen Isabella are planning a memorial ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., September 15th. Residents of Port Isabel and South Padre Island have formed a committee which has created a program that will be held on the South Padre Island side of the bridge at the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse Memorial.

The Port Isabel South Padre Press is working on a reprint of the Special Edition printed on the afternoon of the collapse. Ray Quiroga, Press Publisher, reported that staff will be conducting interviews to add to the original content.

Speakers scheduled for the Thursday memorial ceremony will include residents from both communities, first responders, elected officials, members of the business community and others involved in the aftermath of the collapse and the bridge reconstruction.

In addition to remembering those lost in the collapse and those rescued in those pre-dawn hours, this committee also wants to celebrate the togetherness that our communities still enjoy, the result of realizing that we are more than just neighbors, we are friends.

For more information on the 10th Anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse Memorial Ceremony, contact: Port Isabel City Manager Edward Meza at 956/943-2682, or Darla Jones 956/761-3037,

Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk Breaks Participation Records!

The 27th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk, held on Saturday, January 8th, was a great start to the New Year for nearly 4,000 participants with a backdrop of gentle bay breezes, mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies.

20110108_awards-1651) Benjamin Meto (32:13.3) Zapata
2) Shadrack Songok (32:43.3) Corpus Christi
20110108_awards-1623) David Rodriguez (33:06.1) Corpus Christi

20110108_awards-1591) Lucy Kurgat (35:17.2) Zapata
20110108_awards-1582) Claudia Camango-Nero (38:55.0) Hopewell
20110108_awards-1573) Debbie Arzola (39:07.4) Junction Allen

Complete winners list: 20110108_winners
Photos: Awards, Bridge, Finish Line, Start Line

Sponsored by: PORT ISABEL CHAMBER of COMMERCE, CITY of PORT ISABEL, PORT ISABEL ECONOMIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. Port Isabel / South Padre Press & Parade, First National Bank of South Padre Island, Favorite Brands/Nestle Waters/180/XYIENCE. Awards Ceremony Venue provided by: Louie’s Backyard.

For more event information, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or email

Museums of Port Isabel \”Telling Our Stories\” Encore Causeway Collapse Presentation

Due to the response of Thursday Telling Our Stories\’ \”Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse\”, two more presentations have been scheduled. February 4th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. the Museums of Port Isabel will again be hosting the story of the day the bridge collapsed. Speaker, Valerie Bates.

For more information, contact the Port Isabel Museum at 956/943-7602.
Queen Isabella Collapse ~ 9/15/2001 from 4:20 a.m. – 9:17 p.m. \”The Day the Bridge Collapsed\”.

c Valerie D. Bates.  ALL rights reserved.
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