Harris County Flood Control District’s current excavation/repair project on Taylor Gully is nearing its downstream limit. The project began in January upstream from the Maple Bend Bridge. Drone photos below taken on 3/19/21 show the extent of work downstream from the bridge.
The project has two main objectives: 1) restore the conveyance of the ditch, and repair damaged or blocked storm-drain outfalls and backslope interceptor structures.
Pictures from 3/19/21
Smaller pipes stacked along the banks (see below) will be used to create backslope interceptors before the job is complete.
Excavation and final dressing of slopes is almost complete upstream of the bridge. See below. When complete, the downstream slopes will look this way, too!
The project started in mid-January. At the current rate of progress and assuming cooperative weather, “substantial completion” could happen within a month. Substantial completion is a major milestone for contractors. When they think they are done, they schedule a walkthrough for HCFCD to inspect the work. If anything misses the mark, the Contractor has 30 days to clean-up the “punch list items”. Then HCFCD walks it again. Once the Contractor has addressed all outstanding items, the company demobilizes and the Flood Control District “accepts” the channel.
This project is separate from a Taylor Gully preliminary engineering study for capital improvements. The capital improvements could include more upstream detention on the Woodridge Village Property, which has now been purchased by the City and County from Perry Homes on March 4.
A previous study, the Kingwood Area Drainage Analysis, proposed improvements to Taylor Gully in October 2020.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/24/2021
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