Harborside Traffic

A police officer stands amid motorists while directing traffic on Harborside Drive in Galveston in 2017. The city is looking at ways to improve traffic flow along the island’s northernmost street.

The Port of Galveston plans this month to hold public meetings to gather public input about a master plan being drafted to guide its expansion and development in coming years.

The master plan will outline the port’s goals for cruise, cargo shipping and commercial development, Director Rodger Rees said.

Michael A. Smith: 409-683-5206; michael.smith@galvnews.com

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Jarvis Buckley

If one of the options is for the port traffic to cut through the East End Historical Neighborhood's. You might want to hold the meeting at Ball high
Football stadium. Gonna be an overflow crowd. Hope it will be civil.
There will be a lot of emotion at this meeting. Unless I'm reading the article wrong.

George Croix

If only Galveston could figure out how to get the tourists they must have to survive to send their money in, but stay away themselves, all would be well in the unfriendliest tourist town one is ever likely to come across....
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Chanice Kim Hyatt

My #1 priority would be to encourage shipping to return to the Island. The lack of a container terminal in Galveston harbor is downright criminal. Cruise ships make $10 per hour jobs. Shipping makes $40 per hour jobs. For years,Galveston has been squandering its primary resource - not the beach, but the port.
I don't see any dates for these meetings - are there any set times?

Kelly Naschke

Even the baggage handlers make more than $10 an hour....it’s probably closer to $30 or $40 an hour with pay and tips. Just curious where you got your numbers Chanise?

Miceal O'Laochdha

Having 18 wheelers using Broadway is just idiocy. It is already bad enough with 51st St. and 37th St. designated as alternative truck routes and some truckers already use Broadway and 14th St. to go to and from the East Gate of the Port, as well. People from off the Island are already challenged trying to learn how how we make left turns thru the esplanade on Broadway, and left turning 18 wheelers exacerbate that severely. Increase the truck traffic flow up and down Broadway and it will become impossible to get anywhere on Broadway, especially for the large swarms of vehicles going to and from Anico and UTMB twice a day. All locals in their right mind will then be pushed to Ave's O & P, which is another recipe for disaster. Only solution is to repair, upgrade and substantially widen Harborside for ALL truck traffic to both Port Gates, and build a (long-discussed) fly-over from the Gulf Freeway to Harborside, tied into a new bridge to Pelican Island. Without these modifications, the presently planned scope of port expansion is heading for the end-point of traffic flow now, and without a new vehicle and rail bridge to Pelican, genuine port growth is not going to happen. Shifting the current tenant operations at Pier 10 to the Piers 38 to 41 area so as to add a new cruise terminal at 10 is going to max out the space on the Galveston side of the channel. Want to add more Ro-Ro cargos and add new container ship terminal to this port? It has to be on the Pelican Island side. The bridge and related infrastructure is needed to move the current tenant at Pier16-18 over to Pelican, as well, which I hear discussed like it is a simple matter but, this move is not simple at all. Broadway is no solution to port traffic. A whole lot of money is needed here...

David Smith

You saved me a lot of keystrokes miceal.. been saying it for years..UTILIZE Pelican Island
Build A railroad bridge to Pelican Island..
Then Galveston could be in the stack train business

Jeff Patterson

2 Points ! Infrastructure and FLOODING - Heavy Traffic through the East End would tear up the infrastructure (streets ) at an accelerated rate when the city struggles to keep pace with the existing repairs. Decades of paving over has created crowning in many of the streets that in some places exceed the hight of the curbs. Streets are meant to hold water in times of heavy flooding to prevent water from encroaching on properties. Add an out dated drainage system and god forbid high tide and the results are lake like qualities throughout the city. What measures does the city need to take the remedy the flooding issue? From what we’ve seen in the last couple of years this could literally choke off travelers from reaching the new port. Most of the East End streets are impassable during even brief heavy rains.
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