F-22 Restore Channel Conveyance Capacity on Pillot Gully

F-22 Restore Channel Conveyance Capacity on Pillot Gully

Last Modified: 07/09/2020 03:49 PM

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May 19, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved updates to project details in the 2018 Bond Program List. Update changes funding details to reflect engineers estimate and pending construction bid.

April 28, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an additional $60,737 for construction of this project.

project description

K140-00-00-X023 is a major maintenance project that will repair a structure failure and integrate environmental enhancements by way of natural stable channel design techniques to restore the channel conveyance capacity of K140-00-00 between Vintage Preserve Parkway and Cypress Creek. 

K140-00-00-X023 is not a flood damage reduction project; however, the channel will be widened in some locations and look significantly different once complete due to the anticipated environmental enhancements. The plans call for natural stable channel design features such as:

  • Constructed Boulder Riffles 
  • Natural Sill Logs (to help stabilize the banks) 
  • Toewood (to help prevent erosion) 
  • Live stakes and planting of native vegetation 

Portions of the channel are considered to be in serious failure and these repairs are necessary to prevent further impact to the channel and surrounding trail system. On-site sourced wood is expected to be used for channel stability and the Flood Control District is committed to minimize impacts to the trees and vegetation in the area. Once moved, it will be below the graphics and ahead of the paragraph that speaks to public safety

For public safety reasons, Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Park users can expect intermittent trail closures as the project progresses. Construction is expected to begin in Winter 2020. Additionally, portions of the foot paths along Pillot Gully and Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Park may be closed due to construction activities and to help protect project staging areas. 

The project contractor will be accessing this project from Vintage Preserve Parkway and the anticipated traffic control plan may result in impacts to traffic around the Vintage Preserve Parkway bridge over Pillot Gully for the duration of this project.

Once construction has been completed, a significant tree planting effort will accompany this project. At a public meeting in April 2019, the Flood Control District shared that the tree impacts would be minimal in the project area. However, in addition to the repair of the bottom of the natural channel, it is necessary to repair the eroded side slopes of the channel all the way up to the high bank, and additional space within the right-of-way was needed to implement the project resulting in a need to remove more trees.

While the Flood Control District is working to protect as many existing trees as possible, some additional tree loss during or after construction work completes is possible. The reforestation plan is currently being drafted and will be shared once completed. The Flood Control District will plant a mixture of native hardwood and pine trees along the channel with a density of up to 200 trees planted per acre. Additionally, larger trees up to 20 feet tall may be relocated to and planted along the high bank and trail areas in order to re-establish the forested canopy more quickly. The construction expected to be complete in summer 2020. Reforestation will follow construction, starting in the fall of 2020.

Stage

This project is currently in the CONSTRUCTION stage.

Bond Project Listing

Project F-22 is categorized as a “Local Only” bond project. This means there is no other funding partner at this time and total project costs are expected to be paid with bond funding. The Bond Project List includes a total allocation for this project of $2.2 million.

Bond Listing

List of 2018 Bond Projects


The Harris County Flood Control District has a significant number of flood damage reduction projects occurring all over Harris County as part of its on-going Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Operations and Maintenance, and the 2018 Bond Program. Click on the red and orange highlighted areas to learn about projects' details. Some early-stage projects are not highlighted in the map. The map will be updated when projects advance or when more information becomes available. 

• Maintenance Projects   
• Capital Projects

Project Lifecycle

Every flood damage reduction project is unique. Yet each project begins and ends, with common and predictable milestones along the way. Whether a project moves forward – and how quickly – depends on many factors, including the availability of funding at each milestone, shifting community priorities for flood damage reduction, and other changing circumstances (such as the price of trees or concrete) from year to year.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING

A Community Engagement meeting for this project was held on April 29, 2019