Solid median barriers along a South Texas highway could be modified to better protect nesting pelicans from being struck and killed.

The Brownsville Herald reports more than 40 brown pelicans were killed Oct. 15 along Highway 48 connecting Brownsville and Port Isabel.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, photo, numerous brown pelicans fly north to their roosts after a day of foraging for fish in the ship channel and bay near Brownsville, Texas. Solid median barriers along a South Texas highway could be modified to better protect nesting pelicans from being struck and killed. The Brownsville Herald reports more than 40 brown pelicans were killed Oct. 15 along Highway 48 connecting Brownsville and Port Isabel. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

The Texas Department of Transportation has posted flashing signs along the highway, where the speed limit is 75 mph, warning drivers about the birds.

Pelicans fly from the Brownsville Ship Channel into the Bahia Grande for nesting. Experts say the northernmost concrete median, during strong winds, can create a vortex and cause birds to drop onto the road.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, photo, Stephanie Bilodeau, right, holds on to a Brown pelican she rescued from the roadside, while Lianne Koczur attaches a solar-powered transmitter, along Highway 48 near Brownsville, Texas. Solid median barriers along a South Texas highway could be modified to better protect nesting pelicans from being struck and killed. The Brownsville Herald reports more than 40 brown pelicans were killed Oct. 15 along Highway 48 connecting Brownsville and Port Isabel. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

TxDOT officials say rails with open passages, for air flow, could be ready by late 2019.

More than 60 pelicans were killed by vehicles during similar conditions in December 2016.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, photo, signage warns motorists of possible pelicans on the roadway near Brownsville, Texas. Solid median barriers along a South Texas highway could be modified to better protect nesting pelicans from being struck and killed. The Brownsville Herald reports more than 40 brown pelicans were killed Oct. 15 along Highway 48 connecting Brownsville and Port Isabel. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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