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TxDOT to Redesign Hwy 48 for Pelicans, Drivers’ Safety

7 months 17 hours 56 minutes ago Friday, August 30 2019 Aug 30, 2019 August 30, 2019 4:53 PM August 30, 2019 in News - Local

BROWNSVILLE – The Texas Department of Transportation is moving ahead with changes to a section of a state highway that’s been a dangerous spot for pelicans.

The redesign means safer conditions for drivers too.

Pelicans were getting stuck on the highway, getting run over and volunteers were heading out to rescue the birds.

In Dec. 2016, more than 70 pelicans were struck and killed in one night.

TxDOT commissioned a study to figure out what’s wrong and now started the work.

They described an aerial vortex creating a pattern of wind gusts that pulls the birds down to the road on cold days.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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