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Fatal Accident Prompts Important Street Bond Proposal

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The November ballot is the longest one ever for voters to have to decide on. One of the biggest issues is near the bottom of the ballot, and concerns a number of City bond proposals.

The street bond proposal is the first listed project, and if passed, will mean improvements for drivers. It will also mean safer streets for pedestrians.

There are a number of streets around town where there are no sidewalks for people to walk down. That is true along McArdle near Nile, where a fatal accident prompted the City to take action.

Back in February, Kimberly Encinia, a Del Mar College student, was walking to church when she was killed by a hit and run driver. It was there on McArdle and Nile, where instead of a sidewalk, there's a ditch.

Because of this accident, the City is working to make it safer. In the next week or so, Council will be asked to lower the speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour. Then, on the November ballot, voters will be asked to approve that street bond, which will pay to put in a sidewalk there and make a number of other safety improvements.

"It's undoubtedly a dangerous area," Assistant City Manager Oscar Martinez said. "We have found people will walk on the street because there's no sidewalk. We've already put calming devices to slow people down, and we're going to Council to reduce the speed so we can erect the new signs."

The City says the most important thing it still needs to do is to put a sidewalk in along that part of McArdle where Encinia died.

Martinez said that if the bond is approved, the improvements on McArdle will start right after the first of the new year.