Skyline Drive in Texas City will be closed for repairs starting Friday as part of a $5.6 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Flood Protection Project, according to the corps.

The project is expected to shut down Skyline through the end of March.

“Hurricane Ike caused previous erosion and the closure will allow us to safely move heavy equipment and material along the road,” said Jantzen Miller, a corps Galveston District project manager.

Repairs are critical to preserving the Texas City’s vital levee system, Miller said.

Construction work and the resulting road closure will begin along Skyline Drive South from Dike Road to the intersection north near Beach Drive, Miller said.

Correcting erosion damage caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008 will provide better flood risk management for the 2019 hurricane season, corps spokesperson Mark Williford said.

“By starting now, we can minimize the inconvenience to those who travel the road during the summer months,” Miller said.

Hurricane Ike caused erosion to about 5,500 linear feet of clay above the rip rap shore protection on the levee, exposing the sand core, according to the corps. In September 2016, an inspection showed a clay cap was in need of repair.

The Texas City Hurricane Flood Protection Project, administered by the corps of engineers, protects 36 square miles of the greater Texas City-La Marque-Hitchcock area and comprises 17 miles of protective works surrounding the Texas City community and petrochemical production plants located there, according to the corps.

Kathryn Eastburn: 409-683-5257; kathryn.eastburn@galvnews.com.

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(5) comments

Rusty Schroeder

Dang, one of the few places I like to wade from shore will be shut down for 2 months, that sux.

Gary Scoggin

That levee has saved my house twice. I understand your pain, Rusty, but I want them to take as much time as they need to get it right. 😁

Rusty Schroeder

I hear ya Gary, not a big inconvenience in the big picture. I have seen all the rock and machinery being staged, just wondered what it was for and when it was going to be used. I really didn't know that much erosion had occurred, I thought they were going to build some sort of structure where the old bait/house pier was to be honest.

Gary Miller

Closed from Dike Road to pump station? Beyond pump station toward flood gate is Grand Kay access. The only way they can get in or out of their homes except by boat. Will a ferry landing be built on both sides of lake when that section needs repairs?

Randy Chapman

Grand Cay is an abomination that should have never been built there with only the levee as an access road.

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