Texas Department of Transportation personnel from across Texas continued fanning out through the Coastal Bend on Sunday to repair damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Primary focus today is debris removal and replacement of downed signs and traffic signals in the hardest hit areas such as Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Refugio, Odem and Taft. To re-establish traffic control in the interest of public safety, crews are replacing stop, yield and other regulatory signs on the more heavily traveled roads in these areas.
Efforts also are under way to restore operations at TxDOT’s Port Aransas ferry system.
Other crews are replacing traffic signal structures, wiring, controllers and signal heads. The traffic signals are programed to activate when power is restored.
Additionally, crews are assessing damage to FM 188 between Sinton and Rockport and U.S. 77 in Refugio and San Patricio counties.
Crews will work as long as there is daylight.
In addition to 250 employees from TxDOT’s Corpus Christi District that are dedicated to the recovery effort, 40 workers and heavy equipment from other TxDOT districts arrived Saturday – one day after Harvey made landfall – and crews totaling 100 people with equipment will arrive Sunday. TxDOT districts supporting the recovery effort include Amarillo, Abilene, Austin, Fort Worth, Laredo, Pharr, Wichita Falls and San Antonio.
TxDOT also continues to provide support and assistance to other first responders including law enforcement.
For the latest road closures go to DriveTexas.org.
For more information, contact Rickey.Dailey@TxDOT.gov at (361) 808-2544.