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Judge orders more SpaceX closures

March 29, 2019 GMT

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. ordered a portion of State Highway 4 to Boca Chica Beach closed for the sixth time in 10 days so SpaceX can continue testing its Starship Hopper prototype.

Treviño issued an amended order authorizing the closures for Thursday between noon and 8 p.m. and Friday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In the release, Treviño said exigent circumstances existed for the additional closures, though the order doesn’t describe those circumstances.

“On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, I signed an order to temporarily close beach access from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for either Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday. Due to exigent circumstances, testing will take longer than anticipated. As such, I have signed an amended order to extend the temporary beach closure for today and tomorrow,” he said in the order.

A copy of that March 26 order states that Thursday and Friday were alternate dates in the event that SpaceX didn’t conduct testing on Wednesday.

The county has also moved the soft checkpoint on State Highway 4 to Oklahoma Avenue, west of the Border Patrol checkpoint, from approximately three miles east of Massey’s Gun Shop and Range, which is much closer to the SpaceX compound.

SpaceX has previously said that it is testing newly installed ground systems and would perform a short static fire test.