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Emergency closure on McArdle Road and Staples Street

Northbound Staples St. traffic from SPID to McArdle Rd. is reduced to one lane as well as the westbound McArdle Rd intersection.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Due to a waterline break, the intersection of McArdle Road and Staples Street is closed until further notice.

Water service is still in place at this time and has not been cut off.

As safety is a top priority, motorists are advised to take an alternate route as southbound traffic on Staples Street will be diverted to McArdle Road. 

Northbound Staples Street traffic from SPID to McArdle Road is reduced to one lane. Westbound McArdle Road traffic has been reduced to one lane as well. Eastbound McArdle Road traffic will maintain two lanes through the intersection.

According to Director of Water Services for the City of Corpus Christi Wes Nebgen, they believe that a contractor hit the water line, which weakened the structure and eventually caused it to fail. 

"Not just the equipment, its also the materials you have to have available or procure and the manpower. Crews working through the night both our contractor Clark Construction and our guys with the C.C. Water team. Its really a team effort a group effort to come together to get something like this accomplished," he said.

The city said that water quality is not being impacted by the waterline break or repairs to the area. Nebgen added that the city's system is deigned to be resilient to situations like this one.

"So that customers have the least amount of impact when something like this happens so they always have that water feed to them," he said. 

Although La Palmera mall is just yards away from the work site, the establishment did not lose water. However, shops like MOD Pizza did, with the pizzeria experiencing significant declines in business as a result.

"Last night the water was on and off during the day," said MOD Pizza General Manager Gerald Basaldua. "7:30 they decided to shut it all down so we lost quite a bit of business right in the middle of Sunday rush." 

Nebgen said they estimate repairs to the water pipe to be complete by Friday.

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