Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Here comes Ike!

TxDOT opens “evaculane” on I-37 shoulder
By Ben Wear Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 10:57 AM
With Hurricane Ike seemingly headed toward the Corpus Christi area, the Texas Department of Transportation this morning opened an “evaculane” on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 37.
An evaculane, in TxDOT parlance, is a road shoulder “wide and smooth enough to be used as a travel lane.” They are generally marked with a blue hurricane symbol, according to a press release today from TxDOT.
The I-37 evaculane begins at Texas 359 about 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi and ends at U.S. 281. TxDOT cautions that for the time the evaculane is open, people who have to stop along the road for emergency purposes will have to pull completely off the road rather than using the shoulder.
Ike, still in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, is expected to come ashore sometime Friday.

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