SH 48 Pelican Deaths
Solid concrete barriers in the median and north shoulder of the high-speed roadway deflect winds and create a vortex of air which forces the birds to the roadway. Authorities reported more than 40 kills near the Gayman restoration channel Monday evening.
According to Texas Department of Transportation public information officer Octavio Saenz, the state transportation agency plans to replace the northern-most barrier with another concrete structure with another designed to minimize wind deflection. Plans aim for a 2019 completion.
Tuesday evening the highway was lit light a Christmas tree as emergency vehicles from the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas State Troopers, Port Isabel Volunteer Fire Department, and Texas Game Wardens alerted motorists to reduce speed in the area known for pelican problems.