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Fences go up but construction on Staples Street is ahead of schedule

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 20:23:38-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This week, people saw new fencing on the large stretch of construction on Staples Street. Work has been going on there since December 2018.

New fencing lines part of Staples Street, from Kostoryz Street down to Texan Trail.

In December 2018, there were reports of at least two cars driving into trenches that had been made due to the construction.

However, the city said that's not why the fences are there.

“As far as I know, we haven't received any additional reports on that,” said City of Corpus Christi Public Information Officer Melanie Lowry. “I do know that we put up the fencing and some barricades to encourage residents not to cut through those gaps. It’s been a good transition and I think residents are really paying attention to what's going on around there,” said Lowry.

Lowry said the new stretch of fencing was installed because crews are getting ready to pour new concrete this week.

AEP will be removing about a dozen existing power poles, and the remainder of the work will be wrapping up

ADA-compliant ramps, as well as new sidewalks, pavement markings and lighting signals also will be going in, Lowry said.

“We are currently 90 percent complete and we are looking to complete the project by the end of February,” said Lowry.

Lowry said the project is ahead of schedule, so, we won't be seeing those fences much longer.

She said the construction on Staples Street should be done by Feb. 28.