The current bridge will be demolished and replaced with a higher, longer, and wider bridge. The new bridge will include a through lane in each direction, a left turn lane, a U-Turn lane, and an expanded 10ft sidewalk. Parts of N. and S. MacGregor will be replaced to match the new bridge elevation and intersections will be re-built with additional traffic lights. Storm sewer inlets, street striping, and sidewalks will also be added.
The Ardmore St Bridge is included in the Brays Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, also known as Project Brays, to widen the channel and reduce the risk of flooding. Increasing the capacity of the channel will allow for stormwater to move more quickly out of Harris County and into Galveston Bay. Project Brays is a federal and local partnership with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and is estimated to cost $480 million to complete.
Yes. All bridges reconstructed as part of Project Brays will be in ordinance with the Project Brays theme. The bridge will incorporate two sets of architectural columns supporting the expanded bridge deck with the street name displayed on the side of the bridge.
Yes. The new bridge will be higher, longer, and wider to allow a larger volume of water to flow under more freely.
No. This project was initiated to widen the channel and reduce the risk of flooding.
No. Although Project Brays will reduce the risk of flooding along Brays Bayou, the risk of flooding will remain. Harris County Flood Control District recommends that everyone in Harris County have flood insurance to ensure against the possibility of personal and financial loss. Visit ProjectBrays.org to see estimated future flood plains and view the Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR Map).
No, not without significant transportation investment. Traffic studies have been completed and reviewed by the City of Houston and TxDOT. The loss of service and safety concerns make the change in traffic patterns prohibitive without upgrades, for which there is no funding. However, the issue of two-way traffic can be re-evaluated by TxDOT and the City of Houston after the bridge is completed.
No, the bridge can’t be relocated because it affects the hydraulics of the water and causes impacts upstream.
Traffic studies were completed to include the additional traffic from HEB, the new hospital, and the new SH 288 direct connector. It concluded that replacing the bridge in its current location is preferred.
It is a temporary force main that carries sewage across the bayou. It will be relocated to the pedestrian crossing (Columbia Traffic Trail) during construction and replaced once construction is complete.
The project is projected to last for one year. However, the bridge will be open to traffic as soon as the construction allows.