The exit from Fire Station 7, off of Staples Street at Doddridge, has been torn up for weeks as construction crews continue to rebuild that stretch of roadway.
Fire Station 7 is one of the busiest in town. Due to the construction, crews have to use a back road to leave for an emergency, and that can cost precious time, according to firemen.
On Friday, construction workers were putting in the rebar, which will help to reinforce the concrete exit that will eventually be in place.
Interestingly, the exit along with the one at Starbucks, were torn out at the same time, but construction crews put the Starbucks entrance back together first, while the fire station exit remains unusable.
"It's hard to tell. Depends on the circumstances. A 20-second delay getting out of the back drive. There's going to be a little bit of a delay, and it also depends on the traffic," said Steve Bowers of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. " You get two fire trucks coming out of there, traffic is going to have to hold up. If it's rush hour and you got a lot of traffic backed up, there's going to be a little bit of a delay."
Firefighters said that the back road they now have to use to leave is full of potholes. Drivers use it as a shortcut to bypass the Staples and Doddridge intersection, and that means they are at times blocking the trucks from being able to leave.
City engineers said that it looks like the exit from Fire Station 7 will be reopened by Oct. 12.
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