Two drainage projects in Sugar Land are expected to be underway prior to the end of the year after Sugar Land City Council authorized construction contracts for each during its Oct. 20 meeting.

Both projects are funded through the city’s 2019 general obligation bond.

Sugar Creek drainage improvements

City Council, in a 6-1 vote, approved a $3.2 million contract with Wadecon LLC for the first phase of drainage improvements on Montclair Boulevard along Sugar Creek.

“The Sugar Creek area experiences significant flooding during medium to intense flood events,” Guillermo Salcedo, Sugar Land’s senior engineer manager, said during the Oct. 20 meeting.

The first phase of construction would install 1,200 linear feet of storm sewer as well as the associated inlets and manholes on Montclair between the cul-de-sac and Wellington Drive. Included in the project is the removal and replacement of street pavement, water lines and sanitary sewer.

A second phase of work is planned for Montclair from Wellington to Country Club Boulevard.

Work is expected to begin in December and last approximately one year, during which time residents in the area can expect traffic to be detoured as well as limited driveway access and potential interruptions to mail delivery, trash pickup, and water and wastewater services.

Only Council Member Steve Porter voted against authorizing the construction contract to be carried out with Wadecon, the company that did recent drainage improvements on Seventh Street.

“My issue was I didn’t think they did a swell job on Seventh Street,” Porter said. “They put a street wrong; they interacted with residents in a way that was respectful. I was disappointed in that project and was hoping that they get stuck on a bench for at least a little time until they could improve their processes.”

Oyster Creek Dam III

The other project—set to begin in November and be completed in April 2021—will improve the city of Sugar Land’s Dam III, located at Oyster Creek and Lexington Parkway. City Council unanimously approved a $576,835 contract with NGB Constructions for the flood-control efforts.

The city was notified that work on the dam was needed after an assessment in 2010 that showed the dam could not meet the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s then-new safety rules that, in part, dictated how much storm water a dam was supposed to handle, according to Sugar Land’s agenda notes.

During construction, Sugar Land residents are not expected to see any disruptions to water or wastewater services, or construction on roads in the area.