A 150 ton crane towers skyward as it moves a modular barge platform along the banks of the San Jacinto River last week. U.S Army Corps of Engineer contractors are busy constructing a staging area for the FEMA funded emergency dredging and debris removal along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River near Kingwood, Texas. Last week, over 150 trucks begin moving in floating barges and 24 inch diameter High Density Polyethylene Pipes. Corps safety officials are asking the public to refrain from visiting the active construction site. The movement of large machinery and increase in vehicular traffic present safety concerns. Dredges will begin operations on September 1, 2018 and recreational boaters are asked to be aware of debris and dredge activity.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conduct a value engineering study prior to scheduled dredging operations to mitigate flooding risks near the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.
Galveston District Value Engineer Jacob Walsdorf narrates the results of the three-day event that included hydraulic engineers, contracting representatives and project managers. Engineers captured data from survey teams and aerial views and utilized Hydraulic modeling software to better understand areas needing dredging to reduce flood risks.
The study concluded May 4, 2018 and now allows Corps Officials to begin the contracting process for the dredging project.