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TxDOT's $16.3 million project to raise portion of Highway 87 could start this summer

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Good news for those living at Crystal Beach and High Island. Repairs to Highway 87 could be starting this summer.

After years of complaints, including flooding and debris on the roadway, TxDOT's plan to raise the road is closing in on a start date.

For years, TxDOT has taken precautions to prevent flooding and debris, including concrete barriers.

But high tides, strong storms and heavy winds have eroded the shoreline and the road.

Research lead TxDOT to contracting out for the job of raising the road, as spokesperson Danny Perez says it's more of an in-depth project than TxDOT can handle on their own.

Overall, the project should last about 4 years and will cost about $16.3 million dollars.

The plan is to raise the road 12 inches from Rollover Pass about two miles, after that point until the curve at Highway 124, the road will be raised 22 inches.

TxDOT is hoping to finalize plans by May, take bids and start construction by July.

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