Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

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By ED STERLING, Texas Press Association


AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release. “This is a tall order, but I want to assure Texans that TxDOT is up to the challenge and has already made great progress. We will not rest until this important job is finished, and we are working to do so as quickly as possible,” he added.

Texas Transportation Commission Chair J. Bruce Bugg Jr. pointed to TxDOT’s “remarkable progress” in bringing agency employees from across Texas to impacted areas. He made special mention of those working through the protracted cleanup while “dealing with their own personal losses” caused by Hurricane Harvey. More than 600 employees from all 25 TxDOT districts are involved in debris removal in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Bugg said.


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