As many of our neighbors in New Territory know, the Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 7 (FBCLID 7) board has moved forward with multiple projects to improve and rehabilitate the drainage for the community. Of those projects, the Outfall Channel was one of the first projects to get underway.
The contractor performing much of the work is Longhorn Excavators, Inc. Utilizing initial designs and plans provided by SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) and following the February 12, 2020 notice to proceed, Longhorn has hauled about 70,000 cubic yards of material from the project area. As of this article, they have completed the on-site embankment and removed the coffer dam. In line with the project timeline and goals, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, as part of the USDA) has approved a time extension for this project’s completion to September 04, 2020.
Keeping in line with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) approval of a more natural approach, Longhorn has utilized reused concrete and natural rock as a foundation for the project. Most of the live-stake plantings have been completed, and additional container plants will be installed in the coming weeks. Currently, the contractor is finalizing the final grading within various segments of the channel and completing interceptors and slope protection in anticipation of additional plantings.
Longhorn has advised their goal is to have the project substantially completed by the end of this week. SWCA has tentatively scheduled a pre- inspection tour of the project on May 12, 2020.
For more information on this or other projects the FBCLID 7 has approved to mitigate flood risk, please reach out to the District through the “Contact Us” page on the website.
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