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State Highway 87 or SH 87 runs for between Galveston, Texasmarker (at a terminus shared with Interstate 45 and Spur 342) to U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 84 in Timpson, Texasmarker.

Highway 87 has a notable stretch between Sea Rim State Parkmarker and High Island, Texasmarker that has been washed out repeatedly over the decades and has been closed continuously since 1990. [291702] Portions of this stretch were less than away from high tide in the 1990s. The storm surge from Hurricane Jerry which made landfall on October 15, 1989, left the highway in a state of disrepair.

While talk about rebuilding the destroyed segment of State Highway 87 happens from time to time (for example, in 1998), there is no serious effort underway to do so.


SH 87 was originally designated by 1933 from Milammarker to High Island. The section of this route from Milam to Orangemarker was the previously proposed SH 8A before being renumbered. In 1939, it was extended to its current terminus in Timpson, and replaced the section of SH 124 from High Island to Galveston. In 1970, road machinery used in its construction accidentally dug up several cannonballs and crumbling kegs of black powder. Further excavation eventually produced more kegs of black powder and several hundred cannonballs. The ammunition had been buried there by Confederate soldiers in what were the diches of Fort Manhassett in 1865. Fort Manhassett was a series of earthworks constructed by the Confederacy in 1863 to defend the western approaches to Sabine Pass.

Future work

Two ferries currently operate on Galveston Baymarker, taking passengers from Port Bolivar to Galveston Islandmarker. Because of increasing traffic, especially during summer months, TxDOT was studying the possibility of building a bridge to connect Galveston Island or Pelican Island to the Bolivar Peninsula; however, the decision was made not to build the bridge.

Counties and junctions

County Junction Notes
Shelbymarker US 59/US 84/Loop 470Timpsonmarker
US 96Centermarker
SH 7 – Center
SH 147
Sabinemarker SH 21Milammarker
SH 184Hemphillmarker
Newtonmarker SH 63Burkevillemarker
US 190Newtonmarker
SH 12
Orangemarker I-10/US 90Orangemarker
SH 62/SH 73
Jeffersonmarker SH 347Port Arthurmarker
US 69/US 96/US 287 – Port Arthur
SH 82 – Port Arthur
Chambersmarker no intersections
Galvestonmarker SH 124High Islandmarker
SH 168Galvestonmarker
SH 275 – Galveston
I-45 – Galveston


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