On Bailey Road in Bridge City “curb side” was once a dusty parking spot between cane breaks where crab lines tug against the current and footprints trod the mud. It is still dusty– but the roadside shoreline is getting some recreational improvements.

For almost 100 years the dirt and gravel trail along the coastal marshlands of Sabine Lake has attracted saltwater fishermen to the shoreline for flounder, redfish and trout. But the delicious gulf blue crab is the most sought after delicecy found on Bailey Road.

To help promote the natural resources of the area the county recently installed four wooden fishing piers to accommedate crabbing enthusiasts and provide safe access to the shoreline.

“I love them,” said Misty Long, “They are very nice.”

The Long family of Nederland where spending Independence Day among the heavy timber piers draped with American flags. They waded in the muddy water despite the new platforms.

But the crabbing was slow on this July 4th afternoon according to Lewis Long who checked crab lines with his son Treven. “It’s the heat,” he said,” they have moved into cooler water.”

The fishing piers are a project initiated by Orange County Commissioner John Dubose several years ago. More are planned for the future.