$20 million right of way project shores up coastline

SABINE PASS — A $19.5 million project to protect Highway 87 right of way may also slow or halt erosion along a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway in Jefferson Parish.

Sarah Dupre, public information director for the Texas Department of Transportation’s office in Beaumont, said erosion is always a concern along the waterway because of storms and large ship traffic moving past. In some cases, erosion has caused significant right of way deterioration and has caused debris to spill onto the highway.

“We are trying to reestablish that shoreline. There has been a significant issue with water and dirt and rocks washing into the roadway,” she said.

That problem was exacerbated with Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey flooding in August and September 2017, and TxDOT moved quickly to effect emergency construction along a three-mile stretch on Highway 87 from Sabine Pass.