HIGH ISLAND

The Texas Department of Transportation’s project to raise and replace part of state Highway 87 on Bolivar Peninsula reached a major milestone Thursday, the department said.

The department moved all traffic through a curve on the far east end of the highway onto a newly built, elevated road, the department said.

The department has completed most of the work elevating the road, except for 3 inches of surface material still to be added.

The department began a project to elevate the highway in July 2018. The project is now 55 percent complete, according o the department. It’s scheduled to be completed later this year.

Highway 87 is the only evacuation route off the peninsula. The highway is frequently covered by water and debris during high tides and storm surges. The highway was cut off during Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

In 2018, the transportation department announced it would spend $20 million to elevate the road by 2 feet.

Although the elevation work is complete, the road will still have closures and traffic delays as the project continues, the department said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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