$5.6 million dollar Hurricane Ike repair project to close Skyline Drive

Published Jan. 31, 2019

TEXAS CITY, Texas (January 31, 2019) – Skyline Drive is scheduled to close from February 1 thru  March 31, 2019 for repairs as part of a $5.6 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Hurricane Flood Protection Project.

“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 USACE Galveston District project manager.

Miller said the repairs are critical to preserving the integrity of the levee system.  He said the road is scheduled to reopen no later than March 31, 2019.

The closure will begin along Skyline Drive South from Dike Road to the intersection North near Beach Drive.

“This is a flood risk management and protection project and correcting the erosion damage will place us in a better position before the 2019 Hurricane Season,” said Miller. “By starting now, we can minimize the inconvenience to those who travel the road during the summer months,”

In September  2016, a safety site inspection showed a clay cap was in need of repair.  Hurricane Ike caused erosion to approximately 5,500 linear feet of the clay above the rip rap shore protection exposing the sand core.

The Texas City Hurricane Flood Protection Project (HFPP) is located in Galveston County. The system protects 36 square miles of the greater Texas City-LaMarque-Hitchcock area from a 15-foot, National Geodetic Vertical Datum hurricane storm surge with accompanying waves.

Authorized in 1958, the project’s 17 miles of protective works, protects a significant amount of the Texas City Community and the petrochemical production capacity. The HFPP also provides protection to those workers and businesses that provide critical labor and support services to the petrochemical industry.

LTC Mark Williford

Release no. 19-006