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Hwy 4 to stay closed through Wednesday, access available to Boca Chica residents

March 25, 2019

The road to the SpaceX Starship Hopper will be closed during the day so the aerospace company can continue with its anticipated test launch activities.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said today through Wednesday Highway 4 will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SpaceX began its launch tests last week at its South Texas Ground Control Station at Boca Chica Beach.

Trevino said the county and SpaceX are working together to establish a safety zone perimeter that will include two temporary checkpoints on the highway.

“Individuals who provide proof of residence between the two checkpoints will be allowed to proceed through the soft checkpoint and access their homes during testing,” Trevino said in a news release. “Access beyond the hard checkpoint to the beach will not be permitted during temporary closures.”

The county judge said if area residents want to visit a beach this week they can do so at Andy Bowie Park, Edwin King Atwood Park or Isla Blanca Park.

The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting airspace around the SpaceX launch site.

The FAA is restricting aircraft within an approximate 1.25-mile radius of the site today through Wednesday to provide a safe environment for space activity.

The restricted airspace is from the surface up to and including 1,000 feet, according to an FAA notice.

SpaceX entered its second week of testing its Starship prototype.

dmaldonado@brownsvilleherald.com