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City Council Makes Cuts to 2014 Street Maintenance Plans

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The City has been forced to cut back on the number of streets to be worked on in the street maintenance plan for next year. They announced why at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

According to one City official, the Eagle Ford Shale may be one of the big reasons behind the reduced number of streets scheduled for overlay and seal coating.

The maintenance plan is funded by the street user fee, which was approved by Council earlier this year. It calls for maintenance work on streets that are new enough, and the work is expected to keep the roads from having to be rebuilt for years down the road.

City Traffic Engineer Dan Biles said costs have come in $2.4 million higher than estimated.

"We're in a tight labor market right now for those trades. A lot of those trades that would do that kind of work are the same types of skills that are being used in the Eagle Ford Shale area," Biles said. "The other thing is, we've had a lot of work bid over the last 12 months in this area, so there's a backlog of work for those guys."

The total price for next year's plan was bid at just over $19 million instead of the almost $17 million estimate.

Council reviewed the plan on Tuesday and should approve the plan at next week's meeting.

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