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Corpus Christi Seawall, 1988 HCEL
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The Corpus Christi Seawall was first conceived in 1921; it would be the only storm tide protection project on the Texas coast financed with state ad valorem tax remissions. This funding method was part of the Timon Plan, which called for return to Corpus Christi of ad valorem taxes collected from seven surrounding south Texas counties. The plan was thrice approved by the Texas Legislature and provided for both a seawall and a breakwater. In exchange for extending the property from the existing shoreline to the new seawall - a strip of land with dimensions of 11,000 ft long by 200-300ft wide – the City obtained rights along the waterfront for recreational and commercial development.

The design of the seawall called for unique concrete and steel construction, with 3500 psi concrete and steel reinforcements buried at least three inches from the concrete face and creosoted wood piling. A moveable steel form and railroad wheels are utilized to facilitate steps that extend out into the bay. The moveable form, a new idea in the 30s, provided for time savings in the concrete pour. The Corpus Christi Seawall has withstood the test of time, protecting the city from the force of seven hurricanes, including winds up to 161 mph and tides rising to 8.9 feet, with no significant flooding downtown and virtually no maintenance since its initial construction.

Owner: 
City of Corpus Christi
Engineers: 
J.C. Bisset (City Engineer)

Meyers and Noyes
Contractor: 
Jay DePuy - San Antonio
Photo:
Vernon Wuensche - ASCE Texas Section
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