Posted: Oct 16, 2012 6:28 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 6:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - City crews are preparing to repair parts of Ocean Drive and Shoreline Boulevard that are sinking. As we reported a year ago, the roadway has started to buckle near the Holiday Inn and Cole Park. The park was renovated about three months ago, repairs were made to stop it from sinking, now the city says it's time to fix the road.
Twelve months ago the city says they noticed two parts of Ocean Drive were beginning to sink, the road in front of Cole Park and the road between Elizabeth and Buford.
City engineers say this area in front of Cole Park began to sink because Cole Park was sinking. The city fixed that issue this past summer and are now looking to fix the road's pavement along the park. That temporary fix is costing the city $200,000 and will only last five to seven years. Meanwhile, the area along Ocean Drive between Elizabeth and Buford hasn't been fixed. So, we went to the city to find out why.
"We're continuing to monitor that today. It's not yet a safety issue today. But we're monitoring it. So, if it becomes one, we can get in there and do something," said city engineer Dan Biles.
Biles says they have been monitoring the section of road since last year.
The city conducted a survey done on Ocean Drive between Elizabeth and Buford and found it has been sinking at least half an inch every month.
Biles says based on that data, the city will need to make repairs to that roadway in two years. The problem is the city doesn't have any money to fix it. The 1.25 million dollar project has been included in the upcoming 2012 bond election, which the city hopes voters will approve.
So I asked Biles if there was any type of budget for the streets and he said no. "The only funding source for street reconstruction is the bond program," said Biles.
So if the bond package with streets doesn't pass there is a chance the street won't get fixed until bond 2016.
The Ocean Drive project will go to the voters on Tuesday, November 6th. If voters approve the city's bond package, permanent repairs to this roadway will begin sometime next year.
In the meantime if immediate repairs to the road are needed, Biles says he would have to work with city leaders to figure something out.
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