Proposition A passing means improvement coming for city roads

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Posted at 8:23 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 21:25:39-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi voted to pass Proposition A on Election Day, which will allow the city to use a $61 million bond to repair local streets in poor condition.

The funds will be allocated to repair 22 roads in separate projects the Public Works Director Richard Martinez estimates will take four to five years. The Department of Public Works Planning and Engineering team traveled along troubled roadways to select which ones needed the most help.

“In Corpus Christi there are a lot of competing roadways that need work, and we’re taking the highest priorities and then moving our way down that list,” he said.

The roads were chosen based on their Pavement Condition Index, volume of traffic on the street, and number of service requests.

Corpus Christi’s Pavement Condition Index, which measures the average state of all the roads in the city, is currently at 58.70. Martinez said the goal is to get that number up to 70 by the end of 2026, which is a passing score for the national average.

“That means our average of our streets will be a 70, and that’s a significant improvement for our citizens, and they’ll be able to notice that,” he said. “That supports a lot of things. It supports economic development, it supports our citizens to be able to travel to play, leisure, and back home in a safe fashion.”

Without the proposition passing on Tuesday, Martinez said the projects would not have been able to be finished.

“The bonds are critical for us. Without the bonds, we wouldn’t be able to do these major projects like this,” he said.

The Bond 2020 Program will not cause an increase to taxes.