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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Harris County Flood Control District
News Release
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SOUTHWEST HOUSTON NEIGHBORHOOD BRIDGE CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION
"Harris County Flood Control District Begins Construction of First of Final Roadway Bridges
Crossing Sims Bayou" 

HOUSTON - On June 1, the Harris County Flood Control District will close the roadway bridge that crosses Sims Bayou at Heatherbrook Drive, just west of South Post Oak, to start work on a $2.4 million bridge reconstruction project. 

The bridge will be closed for approximately six months and traffic will detour around the construction zone via Amble Drive and Darlinghurst Drive when traveling west from S. Post Oak, and via Croquet when traveling east.  Motorists are encouraged to be alert, to pay attention to all posted street and lane closures and to follow traffic detours in the area. Rozco Contracting, Inc. is the Flood Control District's lead contractor on the Heatherbrook bridge project.

The bridge replacement project is part of the $379 million Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency on this mega project, which includes the widening and deepening of 19.3 miles of Sims Bayou and adding environmental enhancements from the Houston Ship Channel to Croquet Street, just west of South Post Oak Road. The project is supplemented by three stormwater detention basins that were excavated by the Flood Control District using local funds. The project also consists of the modification/replacement of 20 roadway bridges, of which 16 are complete. Construction of the remaining four bridges marks the final phase of the project, which launched in 1990 and is scheduled for completion in late 2012.  From the onset of this project, the Flood Control District, as the local sponsor, has been responsible for property acquisition, utility relocation and the modification/replacement of the bridges that cross Sims Bayou.  Construction is expected to begin on the remaining three roadway bridges that cross Sims Bayou at Croquet Street, South Post Oak Road and Hiram Clarke Road later this year. 

Upon the completion of the Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, the 1 percent (100-year) floodplain will be removed from approximately 35,000 homes and 2,000 commercial structures, meaning flooding risks will be greatly reduced for citizens residing in neighborhoods adjacent to Sims Bayou.  For more information on this project and its benefits to the community, please visit the Flood Control District's website at www.hcfcd.org.

About the Harris County Flood Control District
The Harris County Flood Control District builds projects that reduce flooding risks and damages from bayous and creeks with appropriate regard for community and natural values throughout Houston and Harris County. With more than 1,500 bayous and creeks totaling approximately 2,500 miles in length, the Flood Control District accomplishes its mission by devising flood damage reduction plans, implementing the plans and maintaining the infrastructure. To learn more about the Flood Control District, visit
www.hcfcd.org




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