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Jul 23, 2014 1:52 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Heavy Construction Could be Coming Soon to Southside

CORPUS CHRISTI - Heavy construction could be coming soon to a busy road on the city's south side. First, officials want to know how the public feels about giving Corona Drive a facelift. Some folks, like business owner, Roy Pell, who uses that stretch of street regularly, says the idea is bittersweet.

"It's a rough ride, again a lot of the driveways there's a significant dip to get in and out of the driveways on the street," Pell said.

No wonder Pell has mixed feelings about a possible Corona Drive roadwork. His company, Southside Automotive and Marine has operated on Corona for 35 years. He's apprehensive that construction on the road could bring his business to a halt.

"As most other businesses in this community that have been affected by street improvements is the amount of time that it takes," he said.

The city's planned improvements include new paving, curbs and gutters and work on the storm drains.

"If they come in here and do storm water improvements it'll jack this street up for a year or more and I can't afford to basically be out of business for a year," Pell added.

The proposed plans are in the very early stages, so there is no set timeline for construction. Plus, Pell admits the chewed up street could use some TLC. As part of the plans, the city wants to repair wheelchair ramps for the sidewalks as well, which people like Abl Alonzo use frequently.

"Some sidewalks in some parts are fixed, others are not and when they're not we're forced into the street, anytime we're forced into the street," Alonzo said.

He added that, it can be difficult and dangerous as a pedestrian to navigate the street. While problem areas have been patched in the past, it may take more than a band aid to heal that one.

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