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Corpus Christi to Spend More on Beach Improvements

City to spend $425,000 to improve beaches

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM CDT
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Corpus Christi Improving Beach

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Corpus Christi Beach.

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Leaders of a South Texas city have agreed to spend $425,000 more to improve beaches and add an entryway arch.

The Corpus Christi City Council on Tuesday approved the emergency funding as part of the $1.8 million beach upgrade.

The plans also include a sidewalk extension and a public bathhouse.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports most of the voter-approved improvements have been delayed because of higher costs.

City engineer Dan Biles says contractors did not anticipate the additional utility work needed for the $625,000 archway.

The original cost was estimated at $200,000. The entryway, which is envisioned at 24 feet high and 90 feet long, should be completed by November.

The additional cost will be paid from capital improvement funds set aside for 2008 bond items.

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