By THERESA VASQUEZ
Special to the PRESS
On the surface, it may appear as just another roadblock and crew working to clear sand off of Hwy 100 north of South Padre Island, but according to Mario Jorge, a 10-year veteran district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in Pharr, much more is occurring.
“We are done with the immediate removal, but this is an ongoing problem. What we are working on is a long-term approach, and a project with multiple parties: city, county, GLO (General Land Office), etc.,” Jorge said.
For the last few weeks, TxDOT has been working on making Hwy 100 passable and safe, as Jorge explained, “The main issue is the placement of the sand, because what we have to do now (with immediate removal and current regulations in place) is push the sand off to the side. This is short-term remedy since the sand blows back onto the highway.”
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