As of late March, contractors have begun Phase 3 of the Bay Ridge flood reduction project, which League City City Council approved a contract for in October. It is the first of 21 planned drainage projects throughout the city.
The goal of the $4.8 million project is to improve drainage and capacity within the neighborhood adjacent to Gum Bayou by helping water flow from streets into the neighborhood's detention pond, according to a city news release. Despite being labeled the third phase, Phase 3 is one of three flood mitigation projects that will affect the Bay Ridge subdivision, which flooded heavily during Hurricane Harvey.
Phase 3 is expected to take 450 days—or nearly a year and three months—to complete, weather permitting. That puts its estimated finish date around the summer of 2022.
Conrad Construction, the project's contractor, has begun removing vegetation in the area to lay a new relief storm sewer line.
City officials met in mid-March to discuss how several of the planned local drainage projects far exceeded budget. Officials proposed changes to the projects to keep them cost efficient, including eliminating Phase 1 of the Bay Ridge subdivision improvements.