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April 01, 2007

Old Westheimer Road Stormwater Detention Basin Excavation Complete

Excavation was recently completed for the Old Westheimer Road Stormwater Detention Basin, located at the intersection of Old Westheimer Road and the Westpark Tollway. This basin is one of four stormwater detention basinsthat are part of Project Brays.

The project, which began in 2004, has added approximately 47 acres of greenspace and will hold about 200 million gallons of stormwater. The cost for the project was approximately $18 million.

Much More to Come After Excavation
While excavation is complete, aesthetic features are in the process of being added. Turf establishment has started, and more than 1,000 treeswill be planted in the basin. The trees to be planted are a mixture of species that include bald cypress, southern magnolia and Shumard oak and will be clustered together to portray a natural look. The final date for basin completion is set for the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009.

Project Brays also includes three additional stormwater detention basins:
Eldridge Stormwater Detention Basin is located north of Alief-Clodine, between Highway 6 and Eldridge Parkway. It is approximately 40 percent complete, will add approximately 340 acres of greenspace and will hold about 1.5 billion gallons of stormwater.

Arthur Storey Park Stormwater Detention Basin is located west of the Sam Houston Tollway, between Bellaire and Beechnut in southwest Houston. Once complete, that basin will add approximately 210 acres of greenspace and will hold about 1.1 billion gallons of stormwater. The overall project is currently 94 percent complete.

Willow Waterhole Stormwater Detention Basin is located near South Post Oak Road and U.S. Highway 90A. The basin is 33 percent complete. Upon completion, approximately 279 acres of greenspace will be added and this basin will hold about 600 million gallons of stormwater.