The Harris County Flood Control District opens South 75th Street Bridge over Brays Bayou to commuters and pedestrians. The approximately $7.7 million South 75th Street Bridge construction project demolished and replaced the previous bridge with a higher, longer, and wider bridge. The new bridge and accompanying channel conveyance improvements will increase the capacity of the channel, allowing for more stormwater to flow through Brays Bayou. The new bridge has four 11-foot lanes and an expanded 10-foot sidewalk. While the new bridge is now open to commuters, additional paving and channel construction on the bridge will continue through Spring 2022.
“I am excited to have the first Harris County Flood Control District project completion milestone of 2022 in Precinct 2! The community surrounding the 75th Street bridge has dealt with re-occurring flooding all too frequently,” said Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.
“With the completion of this portion of the project, I have been laser focused on providing relief to my neighbors from chronic flooding and this completed project will help detour damaging waters away from their neighborhoods,” he continued.
The bridge project is part of Project Brays, which is a $480 million partnership effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Harris County Flood Control District. With the channel modifications completed and all remaining bridge projects currently under construction, Project Brays is scheduled to be completed in early 2022.
The Flood Control District has completed 21 miles of channel conveyance improvements, built 4 stormwater detention basins covering a total of more than 800 acres, and will finish replacing or modifying the remaining bridges (of the 32 total bridges) to bring Project Brays to more than 96 percent completion to date. When complete, Project Brays is expected to reduce flooding risks for more than 15,000 structures in the watershed. For more information, visit www.projectbrays.org.