Bayside Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center Road

Project Description

The project is within the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron County, Texas. Improvements include widening an 8.2-mile section of Bayside Wildlife Drive and converting it from a one-lane one-way section to a two-lane two-way section from the South Entrance Road to the Redhead Ridge parking area. An oil coat would be used to bind the aggregate together and a chip seal would then be applied to create the road surface. The southern portion of the road will be closed. The project also includes improvements to parking areas and pullouts, wildlife crossings and drainage improvements, and a wetland mitigation site, which consists of removal of an old abandoned road.


The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce the risk to ocelots from vehicle collisions, while allowing visitor vehicle access to the Refuge via Bayside Wildlife Drive. The proposed project also would implement measures to reduce maintenance requirements and costs and extend the useful life of Bayside Wildlife Drive.


The project is needed to protect the ocelot (which is an endangered species) and vehicle collisions, improve safer visitor access and parking, and reduce maintenance.

Key Project Dates

Advertise Date: Spring 2018
Construction Date: Summer 2018

Project Photos

Current parking

Current parking.

Current road conditions

Current road conditions.

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Project Details
Project # TX FTFW LAAT 10(2)
Project Name Bayside Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center Road
Location Cameron County
FLMA Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Status In Development

Contact Information

Project Manager: Jeff Jerome
Phone: 720-963-3359

Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228