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I rode the trail today and took some pictures of the new bridge. It's pretty cool but unfortunately STILL not open to the public, although it looks like construction is finished. Also I got to check out some of the trail improvements which are great but unfortunately the trails aren't all connected yet and there are still many dead ends and places where you have to go around "do not enter" signs if you want to ride them (many people were). I wonder when this project is supposed to be complete.

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Moving to Old Braeswood within the month - I really hate leaving Montrose, but babies happen

My understanding is that Project Brays is going to virtually eliminate the 100 yr flood plain around Brays Bayou upon completion in 2017. Is that true? Just curious as our new place is on the edge of the 100 yr (flood insurance is minimal) and well, that would be nice. I'm afraid that might tend towards more tear downs and re-development, but there's already some of that going on. I'm surprised so many of those 50's style ranch homes are still around

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I've enjoyed my evening walks with my friends along the newly widened portion of Brays Bayou from Ardmore west to Hermann Park. The new pedestrian bridge isn't officially open yet, but I've been across it a few times. The pedestrian tunnel underneath MacGregor was opened within the past week to connect the new bridge to the trail that goes around Hermann Park. It's nice to see the improvement in flood control and amenities in the area.

Does anyone know if they're replacing or expanding the 1931 vintage Almeda Rd. bridge? Unlike at other bridges, the hike and bike trails do not extend underneath that bridge, but instead stop short. It looks like there is room for a tight squeeze underneath as-is, but I figure they're waiting until a new bridge is built or the current bridge is extended before doing so.

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I used to ride this trail all the time but since they started construction on it a while back I rarely go west of Main St. Hopefully they finish soon.

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47 minutes ago, hindesky said:

I used to ride this trail all the time but since they started construction on it a while back I rarely go west of Main St. Hopefully they finish soon.

Is it that bad? I was planning to go that way next weekend.

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30 minutes ago, Triton said:

Is it that bad? I was planning to go that way next weekend.

Last time I did it I could only make it to 610 loop heading westbound. Been a couple of months though.

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@ekdrm2d1 I don’t think that will all be concrete, I think they are planting the same kind of brush down that way that they already have in the bayou if you go back towards TMC. At least that was my understanding based on the project plans. Yes, there will be a concrete path but the rest should be new green.

 

and yes that area sucks when on your bike.

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Flood protection project approved for Harris County

https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=23229

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HOUSTON – The city council will give 13 acres in Meyerland to the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) for the construction of three interconnected detention basins. 

The $1.2 million project will provide about 30 acre-feet of detention for diverting storm water and flood mitigation. 

 

HCFCD will design and construct the basins along Brays Bayou at I-610 and South Braeswood Blvd.

 

Construction will start in December and wrap up April 2020. 

 

Real Estate Center Senior Data Analyst Joshua Roberson took a closer look at how flooding in Meyerland has affected the neighborhood's housing market in "Ebb and Flow: A Geographic Look at Houston's Stormy History." He was interviewed about his findings on the Real Estate Red Zone podcast.

 

 

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I was curious...

 

30 acre feet = 9775542 gallons.

 

which isn't really helpful. 

 

does this mean that houses that got 3 feet of water during Harvey are going to get 2 feet of water next time?

 

or does it mean that houses that got 2 feet of water during Allison are going to get 1 foot 6 inches of water next time?

 

at least it's only a 1.2 million project, and hopefully means more park area to be used in the area?

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It's very difficult to generalize, since each flood event is different.  For example, at my house in Woodland Heights we got water all the way up to the front steps during Allison (how it didn't get into the garage remains a mystery); during Harvey it only came halfway up the front yard, but it came up and went down twice.  According to very old neighbors Allison had more flooding in our neighborhood than during the mega floods of the 1930s.

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Greenbriar and N. Braeswood. They're replacing the bridge. Also making a new concrete walking path.

 

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Curious to see how the new trail look. Always thought of the trails through here as the "death trails" because theyre right up against the edge and slanted toward the (concrete-lined) bayou.

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Getting proper infrastructure ready for the large 7200 Development. Or, one would hope.

 

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Oh snap! They took down the bridge! 

 

This part of the trail, and a bit further down where they are extending/reworking it towards 610, has taken so long. I don't really understand it since with this bridge they have been slowly working on it since July. Crazy the amount of work they are doing on this bayou, you have this bridge and the pathway and then on Macgregor you have the same type of construction going on. The new design of the bridges are supposed to help with flooding, and there will be walk/bike path components to both.   

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1 hour ago, X.R. said:

Oh snap! They took down the bridge! 

 

This part of the trail, and a bit further down where they are extending/reworking it towards 610, has taken so long. I don't really understand it since with this bridge they have been slowly working on it since July. Crazy the amount of work they are doing on this bayou, you have this bridge and the pathway and then on Macgregor you have the same type of construction going on. The new design of the bridges are supposed to help with flooding, and there will be walk/bike path components to both.   

My biggest issue with these new bridges is that they are still being built at-grade. Instead they should be built up by another 10-15ft or so. While they might assist with the flood problem they will still flood themselves during a large flood event.

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1 hour ago, Luminare said:

 While they might assist with the flood problem they will still flood themselves during a large flood event.

 

So will the surrounding areas so no one could use it anyway ....besides , to elevate it 10-15 feet would require extensive road realignments and possibly imminent domain confiscation of property.

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36 minutes ago, Toopicky said:

 

So will the surrounding areas so no one could use it anyway ....besides , to elevate it 10-15 feet would require extensive road realignments and possibly imminent domain confiscation of property.

 

...and?

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2 hours ago, Luminare said:

My biggest issue with these new bridges is that they are still being built at-grade. Instead they should be built up by another 10-15ft or so. While they might assist with the flood problem they will still flood themselves during a large flood event.

 

At least some of them (Greenbriar and Buffalo Speedway for sure) are being built higher than the former bridges, in addition to being longer and having fewer piers.

 

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Thats probably the most important part of the rebuilds. They are widening the ditch from the concrete up so that it will hold more water and the bridge structure won't hold back water nearly as much as the old bridges. They are also doing this  at Ardmore east of 288 and will be widening this side all the way to Calhoun where it goes natural.

This will all help in bottlenecks on the bayou that slow the flow and raise the elevation of the water behind the old bottlenecks. I still have issues with 288 and the bottleneck it creates on the Brays. I don't know why they didn't figure out a way to go over MacGregor when they first built this freeway. It always goes under during heavy flooding.

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On 10/18/2019 at 11:33 AM, samagon said:

I was curious...

 

30 acre feet = 9775542 gallons.

 

which isn't really helpful. 

 

does this mean that houses that got 3 feet of water during Harvey are going to get 2 feet of water next time?

 

or does it mean that houses that got 2 feet of water during Allison are going to get 1 foot 6 inches of water next time?

 

at least it's only a 1.2 million project, and hopefully means more park area to be used in the area?

It means that there is storage for 30 acre feet, which could do any number of things. At its most basic, it means 30 acres could have 1 less foot of water in the next flood event. In any case, more storage is always good.

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On 11/11/2019 at 7:07 PM, Ross said:

It means that there is storage for 30 acre feet, which could do any number of things. At its most basic, it means 30 acres could have 1 less foot of water in the next flood event. In any case, more storage is always good.

 

thanks for the explanation!

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5 minutes ago, bobruss said:

Is this Buffalo Speedway?

 

No, construction hasn't started yet on Buffalo Speedway.  This is Greenbriar.

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Sad that people can mistake this construction for various places along the Bayou because of how long this has taken.

 

Its kind of ruined these "hundreds of miles" of bike paths the city likes to talk about. Yesterday was a beautiful day to be on the bike, and met 6 or 7 people who were like "uhh we can't ride the Bayou because every mile or two there is more construction." The old-houston slow construction doesn't make much sense when you have 40 story multi-family going up in a year and a half. Just wish this would be finished soon so people can get the flood relief they deserve and the old bike system can go back to normal.

 

Also, one of the construction workers that helped with the bayou expansion by the Cistern by buffalo bayou was saying the greenery they are planting there will be more of what will be seen over here. 

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I know how frustrating it is for the bike paths to be blocked , but the work that is being done on the bayou will have a much more positive affect on the neighborhoods that front the bayou, and hopefully mitigate some of the flooding that occurs regularly. Once these projects are finished everything will be much better. With the addition of another detention pond on Brays at 610 this should really help in the recurring flood issues and I'm sure that the landscaping and bike trails will be improved. I know they are adding new trails east of 288 all the way to Calhoun. This is all for the good of everyone.

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and once the bridges are complete, that's 30 years of uninterrupted flow that is overall better than it was before, not just for car traffic, but for bike/jogging.

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