Texas Park Road 22

Park Road 22 connects Corpus Christi to North Padre Island. Beginning at SH 358 in Flour Bluff, PR 22 crosses the JFK Causeway to the island, ending at the entrance to Padre Island National Seashore.

The JFK causeway opened June 17, 1950 as the Laguna Madre Causeway. Originally a toll road built by Nueces County, it was added to the state highway system in 1967 as PR 22. The causeway was rebuilt in 1961 after suffering damage from Hurricane Carla, and rebuilt between 2002-05 to raise the roadway level to 9' above mean tide (from 3' above mean tide, when the road was subject to flooding).


PR 22 east
Looking east at the SH 358/PR 22 separation. Padre Island Drive continues ahead as PR 22, while SH 358 exits to NAS Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Laguna Madre can be accessed from eastbound PR 22. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
East of Flour Bluff, we enter the JFK Causeway. This is a typical view of the Causeway looking eastbound. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
This is advance signage for the first turnaround exit. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
There are two Intracoastal turnarounds - the first one exits here on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Descending from the Intracoastal Waterway bridge, we find the second turnaround. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Welcome to Padre Island, called "The Island" here. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
The next intersection is SH 361, serving Port Aransas. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Use SH 361 to reach Mustang Island State Park. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
This shield assembly is spotted at the intersection between SH 361 and PR 22. SH 361 terminates at this intersection. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
PR 22 west
Just before entering the Intracoastal Waterway bridge, PR 22 becomes a freeway with the first exit being the east turnaround. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
The first turnaround exits here. In the background is the Intracoastal Waterway bridge. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Looking at the bridge from the turnaround. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Looking at the beginning of the bridge from the turnaround beneath the bridge. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Climbing up the Intracoastal Waterway bridge. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Looking to the side toward the JFK Causeway from the Intracoastal Waterway bridge. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
On the west side of the bridge, we find the west Intracoastal turnaround. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Typical drivers perspective of the newly raised JFK Causeway, with a PR 22 shield on the bridge. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Looking west along the causeway. Originally built 3 feet above mean high tide, the reconstruction project was completed in early 2005. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Advance signage for Waldron Road, serving NAS Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Looking west over the Humble Channel bridge. The Humble Channel bridge was rebuilt as part of Causeway reconstruction. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Looking west along the JFK Causeway just before entering Flour Bluff. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Waldron Road exits here. After this exit, PR 22 silently ends at SH 358, as the overhead sign indicates. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
The next exit is Flour Bluff Road. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.
Just after the Flour Bluff Road exit, the overhead bridges for SH 358 East can be seen. SH 358 west merges just after this exit with PR 22. Photo taken 7/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle.

Page Updated July 18, 2005.

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