Sugar Land Completes Lexington Boulevard Drainage Project

Pictured at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lexington Boulevard drainage project are members of the community with city council, senior management and project managers.

SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) – The City of Sugar Land recently completed a $3.1 million drainage project along Lexington Boulevard to address a few homes that flooded in The Highlands in 2015 and past street flooding in The Highlands, Oyster Point, Sugar Wood and along Lexington Boulevard.

A new storm sewer along Lexington Boulevard, Fort Settlement Drive, Pecan Point Drive, Vinces Bridge Street and Deer Creek Drive is intended to more efficiently move water from area subdivisions into drainage ditches and retention basins.

Work began last year, and improvements implemented prior to Hurricane Harvey protected residents from historic amounts of rainfall.

An analysis of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Sugar Land, along with other past major rain events, is available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/HarveyAnalysis.  Approximately 244 homes and businesses flooded during Hurricane Harvey. In the subdivisions of Settlers Park and Chimneystone, water reached a depth of up to 6 inches in some homes.

Since the hurricane, Sugar Land City Council approved a joint study with Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District #2 which has been completed and has also approved the following drainage studies that are currently in progress:

  • River Bend, Plantation Bend, Plantation Colony and Magnolia Plantation subdivisions and Oyster Creek (between Dam # 3 and Dulles Avenue).
  • Elkins Road and Knightsbridge Boulevard.
  • Settlers Park, Chimneystone, Austin Park and Sugar Lakes subdivisions.
  • Lakebend, Sugar Creek Subdivisions and the New Territory/Chatham Avenue intersection.

A Brazos River erosion study is also in progress.  The objective of this study is to survey critical areas of the Brazos River in the City of Sugar Land, make predictions on bank erosion, perform analysis of risk and consequences and make recommendations on regulatory actions.  The project is to be completed by June 2018 and is being coordinated with Fort Bend County.

City engineers continue to evaluate drainage design standards and code requirements intended to protect residents from extreme rain storms. City staff is also working closely with levee improvement districts, entities that provide important protection from the Brazos River. The LIDs are evaluating current infrastructure and taking actions to enhance flood protections.