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Street improvements to start ahead of Harbor Bridge project

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As the harbor bridge construction project ramps up around Crosstown Expressway, some Corpus Christi streets are getting an upgrade.

That’s because these streets, Lipan St., Comanche St., Timon Blvd. and Surfside Blvd. will see extra traffic.

“In anticipation of that increased traffic volume, we're trying to improve these major thoroughfares,” said Corpus Christi Public Works Department Executive Director Valerie Gray.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Gray presented a schedule for concrete improvements as well as mill and overlay work.  These projects aren’t complete reconstructions, and rather improvements meant to extend the roads’ lifespan with the increased load.

Work starts on Lipan, between Crosstown Expressway and Staples. Construction then moves to Comanche, also between Crosstown and Staples St before going back to Lipan between Staples and Upper Broadway.  Work then heads to North Beach on Timon from Coastal to Sandbar, finishing up on Surfside from coastal to the reef.

“Most of those streets will be completed in anywhere from two to three months, which will take us to the end of the year and maybe into January of 2018,” said Gray.  “Being a two to a three-month project, it will be shorter than a lot of the other construction you see going on throughout the city.”

So while the closures may cause temporary headaches, according to Gray the result will be worth the trouble.

“It will be better for the traveling public,” Gray said.

When asked for a start date, Gray said "soon."  She added she saw workers marking some of the areas Monday morning

The city will also release its traffic control plan, and KRIS 6 News will share closure details as soon as we have them.

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