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Oct 3, 2013 11:46 AM

6 Investigates: City Blames Contractor for Sinking Street

CORPUS CHRISTI - Parts of a Corpus Christi street that was redone as a 2008 bond project are literally starting to sink. The city claims it's the contractor's fault. The contractor is Reytec, the same company under fire from the Department of Labor for a poor rating safety rating from OSHA.

Nesbitt from McArdle to Sunnybrook was redone as a Bond '08 project. As a part of the project, a new storm water line was placed underground. But the city says about a year after the project was completed residents started noticing the street beginning to cave in.

"I'm beginning to wonder if that uh.... What do you call it... A sinkhole. Because that's pretty bad," said David Longoria who lives in Nesbitt.

The city says what happened is after Reytech put in the new line... They didn't compact the street enough before putting asphalt on it. So when the street was done it resulted in a line of five large potholes that are about 2-4 inches deep. And people who have to drive this street daily say it's becoming a hassle.

"I dodge those holes because I ran through them and boy it really shakes my... It really shakes the car up pretty bad," said Longoria.

City engineers says by tomorrow they should know how to fix this problem.

"It's pretty bad. So I hope they get it fixed as soon as possible," said Longoria.

The city says it plans to do just that. I'm told the repairs should be done in the next three to four weeks and then it will be up to Reytech to pay for them, since the city says it's their fault.

Reytech, the contractors redid Nesbitt are also currently doing the project out on Chaparral. I reached out to the City Manager and the Assistant City Manager who oversees the Engineering Department to ask them why they keep using Reytech if their work results in sink holes. Neither of them would talk to me.

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