League City's first local drainage project underway

Almost two years since voters overwhelmingly approved $73 million worth of bonds for local flood mitigation projects, the first of several is officially underway. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Almost two years since voters overwhelmingly approved $73 million worth of bonds for local flood mitigation projects, the first of several is officially underway. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Almost two years since voters overwhelmingly approved $73 million worth of bonds for local flood mitigation projects, the first of several is officially underway. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Almost two years since voters overwhelmingly approved $73 million worth of bonds for local flood mitigation projects, the first of several is officially underway.

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.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.