Linden Street alleyway change order
A topographical survey, geotechnical report, and final design services were approved unanimously by Bellaire City Council on Feb. 22 to analyze an alleyway just north of the 5200 block of Linden Street in Bellaire, between Ferris Street and Fifth Street. ARKK Engineers will perform the design work as the city contemplates not only replacing a water line that runs along the alleyway but also removing and replacing the pavement. The approval comes as, over the last three years, at least two significant water main breaks have occurred along the alleyway, which is utilized not only by residents of Linden Street to access their garages, but also businesses to the north for loading and unloading products. The change order adds to the Bonds for Bellaire 2016 Group A Phase 3 Waterline Rehabilitation Project, which will be ready to bid in a handful of weeks.
Timeline: summer 2021
Cost: $37,890 for design services
Funding source: Bonds for Better Bellaire Group A Phase 3 Water Line Program
Hillcroft Avenue bridge final items
As part of the final items for the completion of a Project Brays flood mitigation project that raised the Hillcroft Avenue bridge over Brays Bayou to allow for more water flow, what still remains are new traffic signals, removal of the existing signals, and completion of sidewalks at the intersections that bracket the bridge. The city of Houston approved turning on the new traffic signals, with work set to be completed over the next couple of months.
Cost: Included as part of total $3.3 million project
Funding source: Harris County Flood Control District
Stella Link bridge
As part of Project Brays, a construction project at a bridge on Stella Link Road intersecting Brays Bayou has been completed, with 20-foot-high walls with handrails at the southern edge of the bridge that extend more than 450 feet upstream and over 150 feet downstream. Some concrete rework along the channel still must be completed before the project is considered officially finished.
Timeline: end of March
Cost: channel work included in $7.9 million cost
Funding source: HCFCD
West University Place preliminary engineering
Contractors for the city of West University Place kicked off their pre-engineering work for a project that will help the city meet the minimum standard for a two-year storm design across its roads and drainage infrastructure. Cobb, Fendley & Associates began work on the west side of the city Feb. 3; MBCO Engineering LLC followed up with surveying Feb. 8 on the city’s east side. Pre-engineering is the second of four phases investigating the assessments made in the city’s 2020 hydraulic model study that identifies the scope of work, evaluates alternatives and develops a cost estimate for the needed improvements to the city’s infrastructure.
Cost: $1.4 million (both contractors)
Funding source: city of West University Place
Panel replacement West Bellfort Avenue
Contractors with the city of Houston are replacing panels along West Bellfort Avenue near South Post Oak Road as part of a Houston council district service fund. Groundbreaking on the project kicked off near the end of February.
Timeline: Late February-mid-March
Funding sources: Houston City Council District Service Fund, Capital Improvement Program, Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Fund, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County General Mobility Program