Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:20 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Last week officials broke ground on the new Schlitterbahn Water Park being built out on the island.
Many have focused on traffic that may come once the park is up and running, but traffic engineers are concerned about construction traffic.
As many from the city gathered to break ground at the Schlitterbahn site Friday, many stayed focused on the future and the park once its complete.
Neighbor David Novak pointed out the site which can be seen from his garage. "You can see where its going to be from here," he said.
But before the site becomes a fairly large park and attraction, there will be plenty of traffic in between. Traffic Engineer Charlie Cardenas knows that and is trying to plan ahead.
"We don't want heavy traffic, or heavy truck traffic on residential streets because it can really tear up residential streets and also make a nuisance for the residents who live there," Cardenas said.
Traffic engineers are particularly concerned about residential areas and streets like Aquarius, they say the roads just aren't built to handle large construction trucks.
"We don't want them going on Aquarius street, that's a brand new roadway, so we definitely don't want them tearing that up," said Cardenas.
That's why before construction can begin, the contractors must get a permit. That will detail the hours they can work, the streets they can use and provide other guidelines to make the mess as smooth a process as it can be.
Cardenas says right now, he's heard no concerns from neighbors, but that can change once they feel the impact. "As far as construction is concerned, no one has raised any issues yet, that's not to say that it won't come up," he said, "drivers just need to be careful, especially in work zones and be patient."
The construction company will have to obtain a permit from traffic engineers, and they'll be closely monitored by city inspectors to make sure they comply.
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