Storm wall exercise completed

Texas Department of Transportation workers piece together a storm surge wall as part of a hurricane drill on State Highway 361 in Aransas Pass today (Tuesday, June 14).

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews successfully completed their annual drill today (Tuesday, June 14) to install a partial section of the department’s storm surge wall on State Highway 361 in Aransas Pass, according to a TxDOT news release.

The exercise allows TxDOT personnel to familiarize themselves with the wall’s installation and to ensure all parts of the wall are operational.

“This was a good exercise today that went well with no hitches. If a storm approaches, TxDOT stands ready to respond. We also appreciate the traveling public’s cooperation as our crews conducted the drill,” said John Jacobs, supervisor of TxDOT’s Rockport Maintenance Section, which took part in the exercise. Also involved were crews from TxDOT’s Refugio Maintenance Section and Special Jobs.

Crews will begin putting up the wall 48 hours before a hurricane is predicted to make landfall in the Coastal Bend. The complete wall was last erected in 2017 prior to Hurricane Harvey.

Aransas Pass has a levee system on the east side of town to protect it from rising water during a hurricane. State Highway 361, however, creates an opening in the levee system. If a storm threatens, the opening is designed to be closed with a barrier – in this case, the surge wall.

The complete storm wall is 80 feet wide and 10 feet tall and spans all five lanes of the highway and its sidewalks.

Twenty-foot-long aluminum panels are held in place by steel beams bolted into the pavement. Only half of the wall was erected during Tuesday’s drill. The highway temporarily was narrowed, but two-way traffic continued.

One response to “Storm wall exercise completed”

  1. Paul Sherrill says:

    Why dont they just make a simple wood replica on the TDOT yard to practice on.

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