BOLIVAR PENINSULA — The Texas Department of Transportation plans to raise Texas Highway 87 two feet from Rollover Pass to High Island.
Highway 87 is already six and a half to eight feet above sea level west of Rollover Pass. The project will raise the remaining highway from five and a half feet above sea level to seven and a half feet.
Right now, a concrete divider is the only thing preventing high water from getting onto the highway. Bolivar Peninsula residents say that the highway is the only evacuation route for them.
"I think the project is a safe thing to do," said Cheyenne Baker, a fourteen-year resident. "The highway floods all the time and its really unpredictable."
The project is expected to be finished by September of 2019.