Z-02 Partnership Project for Drainage Improvements in West Baytown

Z-02 Partnership Project for Drainage Improvements in West Baytown

Recent Actions

May 24, 2022 – Harris County Commissioners approved an agreement in the amount of $963,662, to provide design, bidding, and construction stage engineering services in support of this project.

December 14, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm for design, bidding and construction stage engineering services.

October 12, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $2,943,537 interlocal agreement with the City of Baytown for drainage improvements in the West Baytown area.

Project description

The Flood Control District and the City of Baytown have partnered on a flood risk reduction project to address flooding concerns in the West Baytown area within the San Jacinto River watershed. The project, led by the Flood Control District, will replace a storm sewer trunkline that runs along Oklahoma Street from Minnesota Street to Galveston Bay. The trunkline will service a 110-acre drainage area and provide the outfall for a nearby West Baytown neighborhood. This is the first phase of a multi-phase project of drainage work within West Baytown. Additionally, the drainage system, the associated streets, water lines, sewer lines and sidewalks will be reconstructed to meet today’s current standards and requirements.

The estimated flood damage reduction benefits consist of the removal of the 100-year floodplain from 38.8 acres, which would include 67 structures and 11,890 feet of roadway.

The estimated cost for this project is $7.1 million. The Flood Control District’s cost share should not exceed $2,943,536.54 per the interlocal agreement with the City of Baytown. The City of Baytown will be solely responsible for non-drainage related items such as sidewalks and the relocation of utility lines. Cost overruns for drainage related items will be shared equally, while cost overruns for non-drainage related items will be the sole responsibility of the City of Baytown.

This project is currently in the DESIGN STAGE with construction estimated to begin in the summer of 2024. Construction is expected to take two years to complete.

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.