Galveston Still Repairing Lingering Damage From Hurricane Ike

Money from a federal disaster recovery grant will help rebuild two major streets.


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Some of Galveston's older streets weren't in good shape to begin with when Hurricane Ike came ashore. After being covered with several feet of salty water things only got worse.

Galveston Disaster Program Director John Simsen says two streets in particular "have been crying for help for a long time." He’s talking about 65th and 69th Streets, which will be totally rebuilt with the help of a $6 million federal grant.

"Even though it's been eight years since Hurricane Ike, it takes a long time to get these projects engineered and designed and bid and into a position where we can actually make that repaving happen," adds Simsen.

As part of that project, crews will put in new underground utilities. On top of that, they'll lay down eight inches of concrete. The work also includes new sidewalks and crosswalks along with ramps for the disabled.

Construction should start in about a month and Simsen expects they'll be finished this spring.

Galveston residents can learn more about the project at a public meeting Tuesday night. It starts at 5:30 at the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway.


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Gail Delaughter

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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