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Nov 15, 2013 1:26 AM

Plans for McArdle Road Expansion Shown to Public

CORPUS CHRISTI - The city is moving forward with plans to expand a busy street.

In the 2012 bond election, voters approved a $6 million dollar facelift and expansion for a section of McArdle Road.

The public had a chance to look at the plans Thursday night.

With busy roads, insufficient or no sidewalks, and no bike lanes, many agree McArdle road is due for a makeover.

"It's very busy and the increased number of apartments being constructed on the west side of Ennis Joslin are going to further exacerbate that problem," Ron McIntosh, president of Rod Creek Townhomes, told KRIS 6 News.

McIntosh says the 66 townhome owners along the road that he represents are looking forward to the update.

"We're going to have a bike lane, a sidewalk and a center turn lane. That's going to help everybody in both directions."

"Well, it's going to be a problem for 18 months, they say," McIntosh said, referring to the construction that will come first. "So, we'll have to live with it."

But others are somewhat concerned with the city's plans.

The woman who lives in the home on McArdle and Aswan is worried that if the city continues the path where a nearby sidewalk begins, she'll lose a bush and her fence -- along with part of her backyard.

City engineers say they'll have to talk to these property owners before finalizing their plans.

As for McIntosh and the other owners at Rod Creek, that doesn't seem to be a problem.

"We're pretty confident from the engineers that they're going to miss our fences and our property out there."

Still, until construction begins, they plan to just ask questions, and wait and see.

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