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Galveston County Holds First Ever Transportation Conference

Hundred gathered in Texas City. Officials say they’re looking forward to some road improvement projects, but they still have big concerns.

 

Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) speaks at the Galveston County Transportation Conference about the importance of long-term federal transportation funding.
Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) speaks at the Galveston County Transportation Conference about the importance of long-term federal transportation funding.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Galveston County’s population grew by close to 11-percent between 2010 and 2015.

And while the county is happy to add to its tax base, local officials say there’s still worried: How do you evacuate all those people before a major hurricane?

That was one of the big topics at the first-ever Galveston County Transportation Summit.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Joe Giusti says it’s extremely important for Galveston to evacuate first. Because history shows that it will be very difficult for residents to leave the coast.

“Then I have a situation like we did during Hurricane Rita when Galveston County’s at the back of a stack when Harris County and everybody else is leaving early,” Giusti says. “And we have people dying in traffic, that’s my biggest fear.” 

But officials say some new road projects should help more people evacuate faster.

In 2019, TxDOT hopes to start the process of widening I-45 from FM 1764 to the Galveston Causeway.  It will go from six lanes to eight.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Clark believes it will help 

“If we can get people to leave in a staged fashion, it should really make an evacuation not only efficient but very smooth also,” Clark says.

State Highway 146 is also being widened in Seabrook and that includes a new bridge near the Kemah Boardwalk.

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3038372-Galveston-Transportation-Conference.html

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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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