Press Room

November 03, 2015

Harris County Flood Control District Starts Construction on Next Brays Bayou Segment

Work is part of Project Brays effort to reduce flooding risks and damages in Harris County 

The Harris County Flood Control District recently started construction on the next phase of channel modifications as part of the Brays Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project. During this construction phase, Brays Bayou will be widened between Lidstone Street and Calhoun Road near the City of Houston's MacGregor Park. 

Harris County Commissioners Court awarded the approximately $11.5 million construction contract to Trans-Global Solutions, Inc. on February 10, 2015. Work on the bayou is expected to take 440 calendar days to complete. 

The $530 million Brays Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project known as Project Brays is a cooperative effort between the Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It includes the widening of 21 miles of Brays Bayou in 13 separate channel modification project segments and the modification of 32 bridges, and the construction of four stormwater detention basins with a combined capacity of 3.46 billion gallons. 

The Flood Control District will excavate approximately 500,000 cubic yards of soil along Brays Bayou, and will construct retaining walls near Martin Luther King Boulevard. The project includes work on the bayou in the north section of MacGregor Park. The Flood Control District worked with neighborhood groups and city officials to map out the design of the bayou through the park, and the result will be a newly-widened channel with scalloped edges and gentler slopes, similar to the completed sections of the bayou through Mason and Hermann parks. 

To make way for the channel modification project, the Flood Control District will have to clear some trees and vegetation. When construction is complete, the District is committed to replanting trees and shrubs along the bayou during the next planting season. To date, the District has planted approximately 38,700 trees along completed sections of Brays Bayou, and at the four stormwater detention basins along the bayou. 

Construction operations require the use of large trucks to carry the excavated soil from the construction site for off-site disposal, and to pour the concrete for the retaining walls. All motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be alert to large truck traffic when passing near the construction access points. We appreciate the public's patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused. 

To ask a question or to comment on project activities, please call the Harris County Flood Control District’s Project and Study Information Line, which is monitored daily, at 713-684-4040 or the Project Brays Information Hotline at 713-316-4820. 

Project Brays is a multi-year, cooperative effort between the Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Project Brays includes the widening of Brays Bayou from the Houston Ship Channel to Fondren Road and from West Houston Center Boulevard to State Highway 6; the replacement or modification of 32 bridges to accommodate channel modifications and excavation of four stormwater detention basins. The Arthur Storey Park Stormwater Detention Basin and the Mike Driscoll Park (Old Westheimer) Stormwater Detention Basin are complete. The Willow Waterhole Stormwater Detention Basin and Eldridge Stormwater Detention Basin are under construction. 

Through partnership efforts with the Houston Parks Board and other groups supporting the “Bayou Greenways” initiative, Flood Control District property along Brays Bayou and adjacent stormwater detention basins is being leveraged for recreational use, as well as improved access and connectivity between parks and trails across the area. 

When Project Brays is complete, it will remove the mapped 1 percent (100-year) floodplain from approximately 30,000 homes and businesses, and reduce flooding risks and damages for many more neighborhoods near Brays Bayou. 

About the Harris County Flood Control District
The Harris County Flood Control District provides flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values. With more than 1,500 bayous and creeks totaling approximately 2,500 miles in length, the Flood Control District accomplishes its mission by devising flood damage reduction plans, implementing the plans and maintaining the infrastructure.