Aug 7, 2014 5:01 PM by Andrew Ellison - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The city says the Shoreline Realignment project is almost done, even though it may not look like it.
The construction work, which got underway last fall, has been a pain for many of the nearby businesses.
One merchant told us, it's actually been helpful.
Tim Houston owns and operates "SegCity", a segway tour company off Shoreline.
"This street is blocked off in front of my store, so therefore, we get to practice in the street. So, it's actually doing me some good. It's unusual but I like it," he says.
Besides, Houston says his business is mostly phone-in reservations.
But he'll tell you his neighbors aren't nearly as happy about the construction.
"I know Joe's Crab Shack, it's affecting their business. The Super 8, it's affecting their business. The Best Western," Houston says.
Construction started back in October of 2013.
The purpose of the project is to move traffic away from the seawall.
The city admits it may not look like much is being done when you drive by, but they've been busy.
Public Works Director Valerie Gray explains.
"When you do a street, there's more than just the work that's going on on-top, you have quite a bit of utility relocation, and a lot of work that's underground as well as what's above ground," she says.
She says all the underground utility work is 85 percent complete.
The realignment, which runs from Coopers Alley to Furman, will be finished by the end of the year.
As for the businesses suffering, the city wants to remind them other businesses were in the same boat because of a similar project not too long ago.
"I look at Staples and I said it was kind of the same type of experience, but if you take a look at those businesses now, I don't think you'll find one of them that's not very happy at the way it looks, or what it does for their clients, and their customers, and what it just does for their business," Gray says.
The total cost of the project, when it's all said and done, is projected to be $7.4 million.
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