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The Construction (C) portfolio contains 12 projects with an approximate cost of $4.8 billion within the Fort Worth and Galveston Districts.
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The project area experienced property damages during May 1989 and May 1990 flood events. A re-evaluation of a previously authorized project was conducted, and a project was identified to provide Standard Project Flood level of protection to approximately 2,550 structures located within the project area. https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water-Sustainment/Dallas-Floodway-Extension/
The approved project, located in metropolitan Dallas, Texas, includes flood risk management and ecosystem restoration. The Dallas Floodway study area is located adjacent to the Stemmons business corridor and the central business district. The recommended plan, Modified Dallas Floodway Project, consists of restoring floodway capacity to 277K cubic feet per second; flattening levee side slopes to 4:1 for the existing levees; modifying the AT&SF Railroad Bridge to increase conveyance efficiency; three new interior drainage pump stations, two pump stations demolished, two pump stations renovated and enhancement of wetland habitat. https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water-Sustainment/Dallas-Floodway/
Lewisville Lake Dam provides $725.1 million in annual public benefits including water supply, flood risk management, recreation and non-federal hydropower. Lewisville Lake plays a vital role in flood risk management within the Trinity River Basin. https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Home/Lewisville-Lake-Dam/
Supplemental funding was appropriated for the Lower Colorado River Basin Phase I project consisting of two separable elements, Onion Creek and Wharton. Onion Creek construction has been fully funded, and was essentially completed in Fiscal Year 2019. The Fort Worth District is currently working on the design of the Wharton element, which then will be funded and constructed.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for Brays Bayou, an authorized construction project consisting of four detention basins, Sam Houston, Old Westheimer Road, Eldridge Road, and Willow Waterhole, enlargement or modification of 21.1 miles of earthen channel and replacement and/or lengthening of 27 bridges.
Prior to the Bi-Partisan Budget Act 2018, Harris County Flood Control District, the sponsor for this project played the lead role designing and constructing this project. Subsequent to BBA18, HCFCD continue its role and is preparing P&S for those areas qualified as recipients for BBA18 funds. Currently, 80 percent of bridges in the plan for relocation/extension are under contract, the remaining 20 percent are under design.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for rehabilitation of the Addicks & Barker Reservoirs, which are federally operated dams located adjacent to each other on the upper watershed of Buffalo Bayou. They serve as detention basins designed to collect excessive amounts of rainfall and release that rainfall down Buffalo Bayou at a controlled rate that prevents flooding in downtown Houston and the urban areas west of downtown.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for the Clear Creek Project, located in Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Counties. The project provides flood risk management for an extensively developed urban area. There are 17 cities at least partially within the Clear Creek watershed including Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Friendswood, Webster, and League City, some of the fastest growing cities in the Houston Area.
The Harris County Flood Control District, the sponsor with the largest share of work, stepped up, with support from Brazoria County, to take the lead on design and construction of this project under authority of the Section 1043(b) program. A Section 1043(b) Project Partnership Agreement was executed on 6 June, 2019 with HCFCD to design and construct the project.
To date, HCFCD has been executing technical field data acquisition in preparation for detail design and completion of P&S.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for Hunting Bayou, which runs approximately 15 miles from its head-waters west of US 59 to its confluence with Buffalo Bayou near the Houston Ship Channel. Flooding problems on Hunting Bayou are primarily the result of flat topography and channel inadequacy to discharge increased runoff from urban development that occurred prior to local watershed management policies.
Prior to Bi-Partisan Budget Act 2018, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD - the sponsor for this project), played the lead role designing and constructing this project. Subsequent to BBA18, HCFCD continued its role and is preparing P&S for those areas qualified as recipients for BBA18 funds.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay (Orange County) Project, a new Coastal Storm Risk Management project, featuring the construction of more than 15 miles of new levees and nearly 11 miles of flood walls and gates. The improved system will also include seven pump stations, more than 50 drainage structures, and 32 closure gates. Design is currently underway with 100 percent Federal funding provided for disaster recovery.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay (Freeport) project that will increase the level of performance and resiliency of the existing Freeport Hurricane Flood Protection project in Brazoria County. The project will reduce storm surge into the area, protecting lives and property by raising the existing levee systems, installing sector gates, and constructing a floodwall. Design is currently underway with 100 percent Federal funding provided for disaster recovery.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay (Port Arthur and Vicinity) Project that will increase the level of performance and resiliency of the existing Port Arthur Hurricane Flood Protection project in Jefferson County, Texas. The project will raise a portion of the existing levees and build miles of new flood wall. A new 1,800-foot earthen levee would be constructed in the Port Neches area northwest of the existing northern terminus. Additionally, 26 vehicle closure structures would be replaced and erosion protections will be added to provide reduced flood risk to people and structures through enhanced flood management tools. A Project Partnership Agreement was signed with Jefferson County Drainage District #7 in November 2019. Design is currently underway with 100 percent Federal funding provided for disaster recovery.
Supplemental funding was appropriated for the White Oak Bayou project that will aid in flood risk reduction for people and structures in the area through channel modifications and improved storm water storage capacity.
Prior to Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Harris County Flood Control District, the sponsor for this project, played the lead role designing and constructing this project. Subsequent to BBA18, HCFCD continued its’ role and is preparing plans and specifications for those areas qualified as recipients for BBA18 funds.
Apr 21 2020
R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works visits Lewisville Lake
R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, middle, speaks with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District Commander Col. Kenneth Reed, right, and Dam Safety Project Manager Stacy Gray, left, during a visit to the Lewisville Dam Spillway. Mr. James visited Lewisville Lake to meet USACE Fort Worth staff and receive a brief of the Lewisville Dam Safety Modification and other lake projects. Fort Worth District was established in 1950. Lewisville Lake dam constructed in 1955, it has 187 miles of shoreline, 28 designated public use areas, 16,352 acres above normal pool and 5,747 acres of flowage easement. The district is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. U.S Army photo by Trevor Welsh.
Feb 28 2020
Houston and Galveston channels dredging projects
Beach nourishment project west of 61st street is in conjunction with the broader project to dredge the Houston and Galveston channels. The nourishment project, a collaboration between USACE, the Texas Land Office and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, is expected to place up to 711,000 cubic yards of material along the existing beach.