Posted: Nov 2, 2012 6:42 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 2, 2012 6:52 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - On election day, Corpus Christi voters will decide on the city's 2012 bond package, which calls for about $90 million worth of infrastructure projects. In the meantime, it will be several more years before the city completes a number of street projects that voters approved back in 2008.
Street repair is once again a major focus of Bond 2012. Here's a look at what's going to be done differently.
For starters, Councilman David Loeb says the new street projects will be analyzed every two years so that appropriate changes to the plan can be made when nessecary.
"It gives us flexibility in picking which projects are the most important to do at any given time," Loeb says.
Documents from the city reveal that the street project list for 2012 is considerably shorter than 2008. There were 31 total street projects in Bond '08 for a total of over $104 million. In 2012, there are 20 street projects for $90 million.
City Engineer Dan Biles says a shorter list means they should be able to begin construction on all the projects by 2014. He says that after the mistakes from Bond '08, he wants to be more transparent about when projects will actually get done.
"What we are trying to do as we move forward is be realistic with our schedules and not try and promise that something is going to be done in nine months, when really we know its going to take us 12," Biles says.
The streets on the 2012 package were also chosen differently than in the past. It used to be that street projects were mainly divided evenly among the districts, but now there is a scoring system in place to decide which streets need fixing the most.
Its based on the following criteria: How many serious safety concerns are there for the street? How many complaints have there been? And how much traffic does it get on a daily basis?
"The point of all of it is to fix the streets and not necessarily to fix politically expedient streets for people," Loeb says.
The city hopes voters will keep all these changes in mind as they go to the polls and decide whether or not to approve Bond 2012.
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