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Funds Will Improve Bolivar Peninsula Hurricane Evacuation Route

Much of the money will be used to fix a troublesome area that’s prone to flooding even when there isn’t a storm.

TxDot has allocated $14 million for improvements to State Highway 87, the two-lane road that runs the length of the Bolivar Peninsula. It’s home to about 2,500 people and the population is continuing to grow. SH 87 is their only evacuation route.   

Galveston State Representative Wayne Faircloth says the big focus will be on the eastern end of Bolivar where the road is close to the beach. And he says it’s not just high water that’s a problem. The road also gets a fair amount of sand and debris.

“One of the things we’re looking to do is to elevate the highway to a point that would minimize that,” says Faircloth.

And Galveston County Commissioner Ryan Dennard says even high tide can flood the road.

“The corrections that are being done ought to bring the road up to a standard where routine events don’t impact the highway,” adds Dennard.  “And it gives people additional time to be able to evacuate in the event of a storm.”  

Earlier this year TxDOT put up temporary barriers designed to keep sand off the roadway. Officials say work on a permanent fix should get underway by next summer.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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