The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) is about to begin construction works on the $13.3 million maintenance project that will remove accumulated sediment and make priority repairs in the Addicks Reservoir watershed.
According to the county, the contractor, Lecon Inc., will begin construction works March 19, starting with Horsepen Creek.
“Construction starts on Horsepen Creek, formally identified as HCFCD Unit U106-00-00, from near Hamstead Park Drive to the reservoir, and is expected to take several months,” reported the Harris County.
Future project sites in this pilot project include Langham Creek, Bear Creek and a Langham Creek tributary east of Bear Creek Village.
“These projects are badly needed to help mitigate future flooding in several parts of the county,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Flood control is a complex problem that is the county’s priority.”
Other project sites also are moving toward construction this year:
- Final bid-ready construction plans are under review for the Bear Creek project site, HCFCD Unit U102-00-00 from Greenhouse Road to just inside the reservoir;
- The Langham Creek project site, HCFCD Unit U100-00-00, from State Highway 6 to the reservoir, is in design;
- The Flood Control Districtis coordinating with the Corps on a permit and other preliminary details in connection with the U107-00-00 project site, which is located on reservoir property near Hidden Springs Drive.
More than $5 million of the pilot project is for 86,037 tons of rip rap and granular fill to repair damaged banks along Horsepen Creek, Bear Creek and the other channels in the pilot project.
Addicks and Barker reservoirs were built in west Harris County by the Army Corps after disastrous floods of 1929 and 1935. They are designed to temporarily hold back stormwater and prevent damages along Buffalo Bayou, downtown Houston and the Port of Houston.