Recent rainy weather combined with the routine flow of large and very large trucks navigating the Harborside Drive intersection on their way to Interstate 45 illustrate the problem in a compelling way.
The problem, which editors here have argued for years, is that the intersection is badly designed. The northward turn from Harborside to the ramp leading to I-45 is too tight for many of the large vehicles leaving the Port of Galveston.
Because of this design flaw, truck drivers are forced to jump the curb and drive their huge vehicles and heavy loads cross country until they can get straightened out.
This unnecessary necessity, over time, destroys the curbs and the landscaping the state installed at taxpayer expense.
It might even cause damage to the vehicles, although we’ve not heard anybody complaining about that.
It creates an unsightly mud hole at the main exit of the island; the one that something like 1 million tourists pass through each year. That quagmire and the associated debris and detritus mucked up in it might be the final image of Galveston that many of those visitors take home with them.
And it impedes the rest of the traveling public who are unfortunate enough to arrive at that intersection when a truck hauling something big, or a parade of trucks hauling something huge such as wind turbine blades, is attempting to thread that needle.
The Texas Department of Transportation should correct this obvious problem. It would be a simple fix, no plans needed, just make a road where the mud is.
• Michael A. Smith