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Posted on: October 2, 2020

City seeking public comment on drainage project applications

Improving the island’s drainage is one of the City of Galveston’s highest priorities, and the city has developed long-term plans for extensive drainage solutions in addition to the progress already underway on numerous improvements.

As a result of long-term planning, the City of Galveston is submitting grant applications for money allocated by the federal U.S. Department of Housing for Hurricane Harvey mitigation for three major drainage projects serving the island. The city is currently seeking public comments about these plans. 

These projects serve to reduce flooding during rain events. For the three projects proposed, the existing storm sewer systems would be replaced and upgraded using the City’s updated criteria that now require a 25-year storm drainage capacity. Additionally, the design will provide for at least one lane of emergency vehicle access in the event of a 25-year storm.

“Drainage is not something that gets fixed overnight. Projects of this type require a great deal of long-term planning both financially and from an engineering standpoint,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. 

The three major drainage projects include:

SOUTH SHORE DRAINAGE PROJECT

This project includes the construction of new storm drain systems in the general vicinity of the area bounded by Heards Lane, Stewart Road and Seawall Blvd.; and 69th Street and 57th Street. The project also includes storm drain connections to the side streets, leads and inlets at appropriate spacing, and restoration of pavement. In addition, the project improvement area includes an outfall pump station on English Bayou.

Upon completion of this project, the city will have the capacity to effectively control rainwater produced in a 100-year event within the city’s right-of-way and eliminate flooding of private property within the boundaries of the project improvement area. In addition, this project will significantly reduce flooding in project services area adjacent to the improvement area, prevent flooding on two main evacuation routes, provide critical access to community lifelines, and increase the City of Galveston’s resiliency to flooding from future events.

51st STREET DRAINAGE PROJECT

This project includes the construction of new storm drain systems in the general vicinity of the area bounded by Stewart Avenue and Harborside Drive; and 59th Street and 41st Street. The project also includes storm drain connections to the side streets, leads and inlets at appropriate spacing, and restoration of pavement.

In addition, the project improvement area includes an outfall pump station on the Galveston Ship Channel end of the proposed storm drain system located at Harborside Dr. and 51st Street.

Upon completion of this project, the city will have the capacity to effectively control rainwater produced in a 100-year event within the city’s right-of-way and eliminate flooding of private property within the boundaries of the project improvement area. In addition, this project will significantly reduce flooding in project services area adjacent to the improvement area, prevent flooding on two main evacuation routes, provide critical access to community lifelines, and increase the City of Galveston’s resiliency to flooding from future events.

37th STREET DRAINAGE PROJECT

This project includes the construction of new storm drain systems in the general vicinity of the area bounded by Avenue N 1/2 and Harborside Drive; and 33rd Street and 41st Street. The project also includes storm drain connections to the side streets, leads and inlets at appropriate spacing, and restoration of pavement.

In addition, the project improvement area includes an outfall pump station on the Galveston Ship Channel end of the proposed storm drain system located around Harborside Dr. and 37th Street.

Upon completion of this project, the city will have the capacity to effectively control rainwater produced in a 100-year event within the city’s right-of-way and eliminate flooding of private property within the boundaries of the project improvement area. In addition, this project will significantly reduce flooding in project services area adjacent to the improvement area, prevent flooding on two main evacuation routes, provide critical access to community lifelines, and increase the City of Galveston’s resiliency to flooding from future events.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

We invite our residents to learn more about and participate in the planning for these projects. 

The City of Galveston has opened a public comment period to review project information from September 30th to October 14th. Project information may be found on the city’s website at www.galvestontx.gov as well as City Hall located at the following address: Galveston City Hall 823 Rosenberg, Galveston, TX 77550. 

As part of the public comment process, the city has attached a copy of the following project information: 

•South Shore Drainage Project Scope of Work 

•Budget 

•Sources of Funding

•Maps Identifying Project Service Area and Beneficiaries

Any interested individual, group, or agency may submit written comments or letters of support for the projects using one of the submission formats detailed below: 

Mail: City of Galveston P.O. Box 779 Galveston, TX 77553 

Email: CitySec@galvestontx.gov

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