C-18 Project Hunting

C-18 Project Hunting

Last Modified: 08/27/2020 03:15 PM

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October 27, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the purchase of one tract of land in support of this project.

October 13, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court acknowledged the substantial completion of Hunting Bayou federal flood risk management project, Discrete Segment 104, Hunting Bayou replacement of pedestrian bridges at Pickfair Street and Hoffman Street.

September 15, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court awarded a $16,338,008 contract for construction of channel improvements for Hunting Bayou from U.S. 59 to the Homestead Stormwater Detention Basin outfall.

September 15, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a $5,576 reduction in the construction contract for the Hunting Bayou channel improvements project from the Homestead Stormwater Detention Basin outfall to Liberty Road and the Dabney Street pedestrian bridge replacement.

July 28, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an engineering consultant for changes to the replacement of pedestrian bridges at Pickfair Street and Hoffman Street in the Hunting Bayou Watershed in Precinct 1.

June 30, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court acknowledged substantial completion of Bond ID C-18, the Hunting Bayou federal flood risk management project, Discrete Segment 104, channel improvements from Homestead detention basin outfall to Liberty Road and Dabney Street pedestrian bridge.

June 30, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $249,998 agreement for materials engineering and testing services in support of this project.

July 14, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved the advertisement for construction bids for this project.

June 30, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the Flood Control District to accept and proceed with design and construction of the channel conveyance improvements and associated Homestead stormwater detention basin.

June 30, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $249,998 agreement for materials engineering and testing services in support of this project.

June 6, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved an additional $11,815 for construction of this project.

May 19, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved updates to project details in the 2018 Bond Program List. Update changes funding based on 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act signed February 2018, in which the remaining amount of the agreement is at full Federal expense.

April 28, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved an additional $88,600 in engineering service for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for this program.

March 24, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved an additional $369,019 for engineering services for the design and construction of this project.

March 24, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved an additional $24,750 for engineering services for the construction of this project.

March 24, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations for materials engineering and testing services in support of the Hunting Bayou federal project.

March 10, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an additional $50,815 for construction to replace pedestrian bridges at Pickfair Street and Hoffman Street.

January 28, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court acknowledged substantial completion of the Homestead Stormwater Detention Basin, HCFCD Unit U500-01-00.

December 17, 2019: Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $500,000 agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company to facilitate design services for the replacement of three railroad bridges over Hunting Bayou.

June 25, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an additional $101,270 for surveying services in support of the Hunting Bayou federal project.

June 4, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a $279,191 addition in funding for design, bidding and construction phase engineering services in connection with additional channel improvements from U.S. 59 to the Homestead Stormwater Detention Basin outfall into Hunting Bayou as part of the Hunting Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project. 

June 4, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a $80,990 addition in funding for design, bidding and construction phase engineering services in connection with additional channelimprovements from upstream of Liberty Road to south of Wayside Drive as part of the Hunting Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project. 

June 4, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad Company to facilitate design services in connection with the replacement of three railroad bridges over Hunting Bayou as part of the Hunting Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project. 

May 5, 2019  Harris County Commissioners Court awarded a $849,696 contract to replace pedestrian bridges at Pickfair Street and Hoffman Street. Construction began in August 2017 on the final phase of the Homestead basin, and the third phase of improvements to Hunting Bayou, from Homestead basin to Liberty Road. The two projects currently under construction, which work together to reduce flooding risks in the watershed, are expected to be complete in 2019. 

March 12, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for materials engineering and testing services in connection with a project to replace pedestrian bridges at Pickfair Street and Hoffman Street. 

December 18, 2018 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the County Judge to execute an amendment to the Flood Control District Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that will allow the Corps to fully reimburse the Flood Control District for any work on the Hunting Bayou federal project after February 9, 2018. Previous partial reimbursements for $19 million in work completed before that date are ongoing and are still subject to annual federal appropriations. 

July 31, 2018 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized a $690,000 agreement with an engineering firm for design, bidding and construction phase engineering services in connection with additional channel improvements as part of the Hunting Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project, from U.S. 59 to the Homestead Stormwater Detention Basin outfall into Hunting Bayou. This project is now in the DESIGN stage.

project description

Project Hunting (the Hunting Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project), is a $100 million flood damage reduction project under construction along Hunting Bayou from U.S. 59 to downstream of North Wayside Drive. Current and future project elements include:

  • Excavating a stormwater detention basin on a 75-acre site near the northeast corner of Homestead Road and Loop 610 
  • Widening and deepening about 4 miles of Hunting Bayou 
  • Replacing or modifying approximately 20 bridges 

When this project is complete, most neighborhoods near the bayou will see water surface elevation reductions of 3-4 feet for the 1 percent (100-year) flooding event. The number of homes and businesses subject to the 1 percent (100-year) flooding event would drop from 5,100 to 650, and all homes and businesses will benefit from the reduced frequency and depth of flooding. 

On December 16, 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Harris County Flood Control District entered into a Project Partnership Agreement for the Hunting Bayou Federal Flood Risk Management Project. The agreement allows the Flood Control District to qualify for federal reimbursements for certain types of eligible work completed on Hunting Bayou. While federal funding is not certain, Project Hunting has a chance to receive funding – if it is approved by the federal government. Whatever federal funding is received will be used to build additional segments of Project Hunting. 

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Bridge Modifications

The Flood Control District has:
  • Contributed $868,000 toward lengthening a Union Pacific Railroad bridge downstream of Liberty Road to accommodate a wider Hunting Bayou.
  • Entered into an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and contributed $2 million toward lengthening bridges on Loop 610 over Hunting Bayou.

Hunting Bayou Pedestrian Bridges (Project ID# H100-00-00-B004)

An upcoming project in the Hunting Bayou Watershed

In an effort to reduce flooding risks in the Hunting Bayou Watershed, Harris County Flood Control will soon begin construction on two pedestrian bridges along Hunting Bayou in Kashmere Gardens, at Pickfair and Hoffman streets.

Construction is planned to begin in Fall 2019 and is expected to last about one year.

Both the Pickfair and Hoffman bridges are being replaced in conjunction with a future project to widen Hunting Bayou to reduce the risk of flooding between Interstate Highway 59 and the Homestead Stormwater detention basin.

PICKFAIR BRIDGE The Pickfair bridge will continue to be open during the construction of a new, longer pedestrian bridge downstream (east). When construction is completed, the original bridge will be demolished.

HOFFMAN BRIDGE The Hoffman bridge will be demolished and replaced with a longer bridge downstream (east). The pedestrian bridge east of Dabney Street will continue to provide an alternative route to Hutcheson Park during construction.

Please be aware that walking and biking trails in the construction area may be closed for safety reasons during this project. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to respect all warning and detour signs and to stay alert to truck traffic when passing the construction area.

Basin Status

Construction began in August 2017 on the final phase of excavation for the stormwater detention basin formally identified as H500-01-00 and commonly referred to as the Homestead Stormwater Detention Basin. Approximately 784,000 cubic yards of soil will be removed during this phase. Construction was completed in 2015 on the $5.7 million second phase, in which approximately 648,000 cubic yards of soil were removed. The completed first phase removed 265,000 cubic yards of soil at a cost of approximately $1.2 million. During the May 2015 Memorial Day rainfall event, the basin held more than 180 million gallons of stormwater that might otherwise have flooded homes and businesses. When all phases are complete, the Homestead basin will provide approximately 1,000 acre-feet of stormwater storage capacity, meaning that it will be able to hold approximately 326 million gallons of stormwater.

Channel Widening Status

Project Hunting plans call for increasing the size of Hunting Bayou, with the ultimate, improved channel generally remaining in its earthen, grass-lined state. There are isolated circumstances where concrete lining will be used to ensure stability of existing structures and bridges. 

Construction began in August 2017 on widening and deepening the 4,700-foot section of the channel between Homestead basin and Liberty Road. This project also will include replacing the pedestrian bridge located between Dabney Street and Loop 610 near Harris County Precinct 1's Hutcheson Park. 

In 2017, the Flood Control District completed a portion of the channel between the North Loop 610 East Freeway feeder road near North George Street to Lockwood Drive, and from Hoffman Street to Dabney Street. This project included excavating and removing approximately 109,325 cubic yards of soil to create gently sloped terraces, or benches, within the channel that vary in width from approximately 40 to 140 feet. In 2014, the Flood Control District completed a project to widen the section of Hunting Bayou between Lockwood Drive and Hoffman Street, along the north side of Minden Street. That work involved excavating and removing approximately 39,000 cubic yards of soil along a 1,000-foot section of Hunting Bayou to create a bench that varies in width from approximately 30 to 330 feet. During periods of heavy rain, these benches provide additional capacity for holding excess stormwater. 

Benching is an interim phase of the ultimate Project Hunting construction plan, allowing for immediate additional stormwater storage capacity in the channel. As future excavation progresses, the area will offer varied opportunities for recreational uses, including hike-and-bike trails.

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 the Project ID on the Map to learn about projects’ details. Some early-stage projects are not highlighted on the map. The map will be updated when projects advance or when more information becomes available.

Virtual Community Engagement Meeting

A virtual Community Engagement Meeting for this project was held on:

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

You can submit a comment and see the meeting presentation and video by clicking the links below.

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