The Texas Department of Transportation has released a statement on its preparations for Gustav's arrival on the Gulf Coast.
The Texas Department of Transportation is actively engaged in preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav along the Gulf Coast.
To aid evacuees in locating emergency shelter, TxDOT has deployed multiple changeable message signs along evacuation routes featuring messages directing travelers to shelter facilities.
TxDOT reminds all employees and drivers to exercise additional caution while working and driving on Texas roadways. Due to the high traffic volume, it is extremely important that travelers make every effort to reduce distractions in their vehicle, observe warning signs and heed instructions from members of law enforcement working to keep roadways clear and moving smoothly. Additionally, we ask that drivers please be patient, as travel times may be longer than normally expected.
Wherever possible, evacuees from Southeast Texas are strongly encouraged to utilize northbound evacuation routes.
An additional lane on westbound I-10 at the San Jacinto River is open. Previously, construction reduced it to only two lanes.
An alternate route is open for westbound traffic on I-20 to help traffic from Louisiana circumvent a construction zone near SH 31. Travelers may choose to stay on I-20, or to take a marked alternate route, exiting at Loop 281 (Estes Parkway) and returning to the interstate via SH 31.
TxDOT is in communication with Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern and BNSF Railroads to minimize blockage of highway rail crossings in the southeast Texas region (including Houston, Beaumont and north to Nacogdoches).
Highway rest areas along the I-45 corridor and east are prepared to accommodate the heavy influx of travelers/evacuees.
All coastal districts and support districts are standing by with materials ready and personnel on standby. TxDOT staff and resources will be deployed as needed to respond to the storm.
TxDOT is using its dynamic message signs to convey important information about travel conditions. In anticipation of the storm, drivers in the Beaumont, Houston and Coastal Bend regions are being urged to keep their gas tanks filled.
TxDOT is actively participating in activities at the State Operations Center in Austin. TxDOT's Emergency Operations Centers in Austin (headquarters) Beaumont and Lufkin districts are operating on a 24-hour basis.