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City of Galveston
News Release
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

City Facilities to Open at 10am Wednesday, January 17th
With road conditions deteriorating, City urges residents and employees to stay weather aware and off the roads until conditions improve.

Galveston, Texas – With road conditions expect to deteriorate overnight as temperatures drop, City officials have made the decision to open City facilities at 10am on Wednesday, January 17th. TXDOT is continuing salting operations on all state highways including IH45, the causeway, and 61st St and at 8:00pm today reapplied sand to the Causeway. City crews, in coordination with TxDOT, are also sanding local roads and intersections to assist in roadway safety around the island. TxDOT has confirmed that the Galveston Island Causeway will remain open as long as it remains safe to do so. This roadway is a State priority. All traffic lanes will remain open unless ice accumulation requires lane closures.

The Island remains under a Winter Weather Advisory through 5am on Wednesday January 17th as well as a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory through Wednesday morning at 10am.

The Galveston Police Department is urging residents to stay off the roadways if possible. If you must be on the roadways, please allow extra time for travel, and allow adequate space in between you and other vehicles on the road. 

City Operations & Facilities:

  • City facilities closed at 2pm on Tuesday, January 16th and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday, January 17th.
  • Public Safety has remained in operation and will operate normally tomorrow as well.
  • Municipal court will open Wednesday at 10am.  Court business will begin at 10am.  Continuances will be granted to anyone who feels they cannot make their court date.
  • Sanitation will begin operations as soon as conditions permit Wednesday morning.  Due to the MLK Holiday, they will be servicing the normal Tuesday routes.  Expect some delays in service due to the weather.
  • All other City services will resume normal operations at 10am on Wednesday, including Utility Billing and Planning & Permitting.
  • Employees have been given permission to use their leave liberally tomorrow so staffing in some departments may be limited.

Island Roadways as of 9pm on Tuesday, January 16th:

  • The inside lanes both inbound and outbound on the Causeway have iced over. TxDOT continues to sand the roadway.
  • The following roads do have ice on them and should be avoided or traveled with extreme caution:  51st St Viaduct, 61st St @ Jamail Park, and the Jones Rd Bridge.
  • The following frequently traveled roadways have been sanded and are currently passable: 3005 from 61st to the San Luis Pass, San Luis Pass, Harborside Dr, and Ferry Rd.

Weather Updates as of 7pm on Tuesday, January 16th:

  • The Island will remain under a Winter Weather Advisory through 5am Wednesday, January 17th.
  • The Island is also under a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory until 10am on Wednesday, January 17th.

Get the latest weather updates from the Houston Galveston National Weather Service by visiting their website:

Island Transit Service Interruptions:

  • League City Park & Ride has been suspended for Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 17th.
  • There will be no Island Express service Wednesday, January 17th.
  • Fixed Route services will be delayed on Wednesday, January 17th and will begin at noon.
  • Trolley services have been suspended Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 17th.

Local Information:

  • Salvation Army has waived their capacity for the evening and providing shelter to those in need. They are located at 601 51st St.
  • Galveston ISD, Galveston College, UTMB schools, and TAMUG have all cancelled classes Wednesday, January 17th.
  • Galveston County offices will be closed Wednesday, January 17th.
  • The Port of Galveston will open their offices at 1pm on Wednesday, January 17th.
  • We have minimal reports of power outages on the Island, however, residents can track them using CenterPoint’s online tracking tool at

Please monitor the City’s Office of Emergency Management on social media for the latest information by following us on both Facebook and Twitter at @galvestonoem.

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