Houston edges closer to finishing Woodshire-area drainge project

Contractors with the city of Houston are approaching the completion date on the second phase of a project that will improve paving and drainage in areas near Houston’s Woodshire neighborhood and the Townhouse Manor subdivision.

The city of Houston first sent out a notice to proceed to contractors in August 2020 with seven phases of construction planned between summer 2020 and late 2021. Once completed, improvements will include better storm drainage in addition to new concrete streets, curbs, sidewalks, driveways, streetlights, and water and wastewater lines.

The purpose of the project is to reduce flooding in the area, according to the city of Houston Public Works Department. To help achieve this, over 9,500 linear feet of storm sewer lines and 762 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines will be replaced.

The city contractor, SER Construction Partners, is removing 43 trees from the section of the neighborhood and replacing 29 of them, according to a project breakdown. Before SER began construction, the city of Houston identified those trees in the neighborhood that were diseased or dying, and marked them for removal, while also identifying those that would be able to be preserved.

To help organize the construction, Houston Public Works divided the Woodshire-area projects across two subprojects. As part of the first subproject, the Woodshire neighborhood saw construction work from fall 2017 through summer 2019 that updated stormwater drainage, utilities, and pavement infrastructure from Glenshire Drive to Breakwood Drive, followed by construction work from Fordshire Drive to Bassoon Drive at a cost of $14.1 million.

For the second subproject, the first streets to be worked on as part of the overall improvements were Lakeland Drive and Bassoon Drive, which began construction in summer 2020. The final elements of the second subproject involve working on Linkwood Drive, which is set to finish in late 2021.

Timeline: summer 2020-winter 2021

Cost: $11.7 million

Funding source: city of Houston drainage fee and the combined utility resources
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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