Paving the way
The improvement in drive-ability and storm water drainage is no small thing, said Deputy City Manager Dave Parsons.
“It’s been huge,” Parsons said. “If you look at the (previous) condition of the streets, they were the worst of the worst. … Dunes Way looked like Beirut. Since the improvements, it’s like night and day.”
City leaders hope residents are taking notice of the progress as the city council prepares possibly to call for a bond election next year that would rehab 11th Street.
“We’re hoping citizens will see the work they voted to fund is moving forward and in most cases is complete, with good quality … and curbs and gutters, as opposed to open ditches in many places,” said Mayor Keith McMullin. “We’re hoping (voters) will take all this into account when the bond election comes up.”
No date is set yet to call a new bond election, but it likely will happen within the next few months, McMullin said. The goal is to hold the election this May, he said.
City leaders have divided the 2008 bond work into three phases.
Phase One work began in early 2009 with overlays on Bayside Drive, Margo Lane, Costa La Cay, Dolphin Lane and Royal Palm Lane.
Phase One overlays also were done: • throughout Avenue A;
• at the end of Ross Avenue;
• on Station Street from Avenue G to the north end of Station;
• on portions of Avenue E;
• on Avenue B from Station to 10th Street;
• on 10th Street from Avenue C to Avenue B;
• on White Avenue from Laurel to Mercer;
• throughout Brumley Avenue;
• on Beach Street from Station to Alister streets;
• on Lantana Drive from Station Street to 11th Street,
• on 12th Street from Avenue B to Avenue G.
Phase Two is underway and likely will be finished within three months, Parsons said.
The Phase Two projects currently under construction are complete rebuilds of Sea Isle Drive, Bralley Street and Sea Secret from Bralley Drive to Sea Isle. Each of the streets are getting underground drainage systems where there were none before.
Workers also are in the midst of improving a drainage ditch by re-digging it on the west side of State Hwy. 361 from Sea Isle Drive to Howard Boulevard. New culverts are being put under the driveways along that stretch of the highway.
The projects currently underway should be completed in about three months, Parsons said. Once those projects are finished, he said, the only thing left to do in Phase 2 will be work to smooth out an uneven paving job on Island Moorings Parkway and Piper Boulevard. The city and the contractor, Haas-Anderson, are in talks to get the streets paved properly.
Completed Phase 2 projects include 100 percent rebuilds in the Channel Vista neighborhood on Lydia Ann Channel, Aransas Channel, Corpus Christi Channel Lighthouse Channel and Rockport Channel.
Phase Two also has included complete rebuilds on Marina Drive, Mustang Drive and Blue Heron.
Completed Phase Two work also includes:
• A complete rebuild on half of Sand Key, with underground and surface drainage;
• A total rebuild throughout North Palomino, with new underground drainage;
• New pavement and gutter drainage on Avenue D from Gulf to Seventh Street and from Station Street to 10th Street;
• Paving a formerly caliche portion of Sixth Street from near Avenue A to Harper Street;
• Paving Dunes Drive, which formerly was a dirt road, and adding underground and surface drainage;
• Repaving a section of Lantana Drive extending 500 feet west of Dunes Drive, and installing underground drainage in that area, where there was none before;
• Paving all of Oaks Street east of Laurel Street and installing underground drainage;
• A total rebuild of East White Avenue from Laurel Street to the east end of White, with new underground drainage;
• Paving a dirt stub portion of Ninth Street that extends south from Avenue G and installing underground drainage;
• Turning Bujan Street from a dirt road to a concrete street and adding to existing underground drainage;
• A total rebuild of the full length of Dunes Way, and installation of underground drainage.
Work on Phase Three could begin in spring next year and last for about six months, Parsons said. No set-in-stone plan exists yet for specific work to be done in Phase Three. City staff has put together a general proposal, but the city council would have give it approval for it to become reality. The council could make changes in the plans before OKing them. As it stands, the proposal looks like this:
• An overlay on Tarrant Street;
• A complete rebuild of Trout Street and installation of underground drainage;
• Drainage work at State Hwy. 361 and Access Road 1A, at 11th and Howard streets; and at Station Street and Howad;
• Undetermined work on White Street;
• New pavement and surface drainage on Pleasant Valley Drive and parts of Eskridge;
• Undetermined street work on Avenue C from 11th Street to Station Street;
• Undetermined street work on Sea Oat Drive, a short cul de sac;
• Undetermined street work on Sixth Street extending south from Avenue I.