In response to the editorial by Michael A. Smith ("An odd thing happened on the way to $61 billion," The Daily News, Nov. 5): Did you know that Bolivar Peninsula has been without a useable mandatory hurricane evacuation route since Hurricane Ike nine years ago?
Now, normal rain or a high tide make the highway impassable, then after the water subsides the debris is piled up making it obstructed.
We have heard nothing but excuses about elevating state Highway 87. If there were to be a hurricane next season, residents of the peninsula will become isolated with no way out; the road is deteriorating daily, and the rain and tide is slowly washing it away.
The ferry system, the only other exit, is an obsolete and over-budgeted means of transportation that does not run once the tide is high, plus it would put a burden on the congested Galveston escape route.
Let's get priorities in line. Hurricane infrastructure funding needs to go where most needed — the elevation of state Highway 87. Saving lives depends on a reliable evacuation route.