Nearly one week after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston areas, floodwaters are slowly receding, allowing access to residences and business. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 90 percent of roads closed have reopened.
As of Friday, Sept. 8, there were only 44 road closures across Texas, down from 500 since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 24.
The map on the left shows Houston road closures on Aug. 28. The map on the right reveals Houston road closures on Sept. 8.
According to TxDOT, the department and Harris County Toll Road Authority are mobilizing resources to reduce the standing water on Sam Houston Tollway/Beltway 8. As of Wednesday, Sept. 6, water levels have receded enough to begin pumping water from the main lanes of the West Sam Houston Tollway between Interstate 10 and Westheimer to get the water flowing into Buffalo Bayou.
Segments of SH 99/Grand Parkway operated by TxDOT continue to be toll free until further notice. This includes the segments of SH 99 in Harris, Montgomery and Chambers Counties.
As of press time, TxDOT engineers have inspected more than 700 bridges following Harvey. According KXAN-TV in Austin, TxDOT dispatched about 3,600 employees and 2,500 pieces of equipment to areas affected by Harvey, up from 2,200 employees and 1,800 pieces of equipment announced during a news conference on Aug. 31.
For updated road conditions, visit DriveTexas.org or call 800-452-9292.
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