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Oct 4, 2013 4:18 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: Citizens Concerned about Cracked Street

CORPUS CHRISTI - A viewer called 6 News concerned with a recently renovated piece of road near Staples and Weber.

The concrete on that road was just laid down about a month ago, and there are already tones of hairline cracks on the surface.

Franz Hitt has lived in Corpus Christi for a long time, and he's concerned about how quickly all these cracks have surfaced.

Underneath the concrete is limestone and clay. Hitt fears the cracks are a sign that water could harm the foundation, seeping through the cracks when they get worse, causing the rebar to swell and break the concrete.

He's afraid of what could happen in several years.

"I would say that we'll have a couple million dollars in expensive repairs," Hitt says.

But the city says there's nothing to worry about. They say that concrete often cracks after it's poured, and routine street maintenance should stop any hairline cracks from getting any worse.

But considering other roads around the city have been re-torn up, and considering that taxpayers paid nearly $6 million for this stretch of road repair, Hitt just wants to get his moneys worth.

Especially when these concrete streets are supposed to last for 30 years or more.

"I don't want to have to pay anymore money for the next 50 years, what it was designed for," Hitt says.

Again, the city says major repairs shouldn't be needed.

Engineers say they chose concrete precisely because it will hold up a lot longer than asphalt in this section of street, especially with the heavy traffic.

They added that if you look at other concrete roads around the city that were built over 50 years ago, they've held up pretty well.

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