Harris County Flood Control District begins project on Southbelt Detention Basin final phase, Dagg Road

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Harris County will be removing dirt and materials from 2811 Dixie Farm Road to help with sloping in the Dagg Road detention basin. (Courtesy Cheryl Johnson)

Harris County will be removing dirt and materials from 2811 Dixie Farm Road to help with sloping in the Dagg Road detention basin. (Courtesy Cheryl Johnson)

The Dagg Road Detention Basin and Phase 3—the final phase—of the Southbelt Detention Basin have been packaged together and are out for bid. The projects are set to break ground in spring 2020 and wrap up construction in early 2022.

Harris County Flood Control District will be hauling off material from 2811 Dixie Farm Road, Friendswood, to the Dagg Road detention basin to remove material that had been placed in a flood plain. The material will then be used for sloping on the basin.

This comes after Harris County acquired the 50-acre tract at 2811 Dixie Farm Road after an ongoing lawsuit over the property.

The projects are funded through the HCFCD 2018 bond and projected to cost $15.5 million.
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.


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