Boca Chica Beach, Hwy 4 to close for SpaceX testing

For the second time this week, officials plan to close Highway 4 headed to Boca Chica Beach temporarily for SpaceX testing of its newest rocket.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. ordered the closure of Boca Chica Beach, plus Highway 4 from FM 1417 (Oklahoma Avenue) to the entrance of the beach all day Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Should SpaceX should not complete its test launch activities on May 13, 2020, then SpaceX may use an alternate to complete its test launch activities,” Trevino said in a news release.

The alternate dates for testing are Thurday and Friday.

As in the past, the county judge said SpaceX will set up a safety zone perimeter that will include two temporary checkpoints on Highway 4. Anyone who lives in the area will be allowed to go through the soft checkpoint and gain access to their property during testing.

But he said no one will be allowed to go through the hard checkpoint to the beach during the closures.┬áTrevino said anyone wanting to visit a beach can still access any of the county’s other beaches.