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Edloe/Harper/Auden Drainage Project
As we approach the end of the year, the drainage and roadway improvement project continues in the City of Southside Place along Edloe. Curbs on Edloe will be poured next week and pavers at the intersections of Edloe and Jardin/Ingold/Harper will be installed over the next two weeks. After all the pavers have been installed, Edloe will reopen for two-way traffic. The contractors are expecting to begin work on Harper on Monday, November 20th. In anticipation of the 20th, tree trimming is scheduled for next week. Branches overhanging the street will be pruned up to 15 feet.
Work on Harper will include phases 9-12. Beginning on the south side of the street, underground crews will work towards Auden from Edloe, followed by the street pavement crew. The work will proceed as a moving 600 feet road closure and the contractor will reconstruct 100 feet at a time. As the 600 feet closure moves west, the roadway will be opened in 100 feet sections behind it. When the south side of Harper is complete, the contractors return to Edloe and complete the north side of Harper, working towards Auden. Street parking will be limited, and vehicles are encouraged to park on neighboring streets. Edloe and Auden may be used for parking when you do not have access to your driveway. All driveways will be accessible over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. Work on Harper is expected to be completed in January.
There will be local traffic only on Harper throughout the duration of phases 9-12. One-way traffic will be open during the evenings and weekends and limited one-way traffic will be open during the workday. Plan accordingly for delays getting in and out of Harper from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday.
As with all major road and drainage projects, road closures and detours will be involved. The city continues to review the traffic plans for roadway closures and wants to assure all residents and the motoring public that we have your best interest in mind. If you have any issues navigating the road closures, please contact the Police Department at 713-668-2341.
- Phase 9 is expected to begin November 20th. Edloe will soon reopen completely for two-way traffic.
- Signage and flagmen will be posted throughout the construction zone.
- Each driveway will have the five-foot segment that joins with the street reconstructed. Driveways are inaccessible for up to three days during this process. Residents will be given notice by the contractors in advance of their driveway being inaccessible.
- Please contact Southside Place Police or a contractor onsite for assistance navigating in or out of your driveway on Harper.
- Residents living in the construction zone are asked to contact the Police Department in the event they can't gain access to their driveway for parking during overnight hours. The Police Department understands your predicament and will allow you to park on a side street for the duration. You will only need to call once to have your vehicle information placed on the overnight parking list.
- City staff will monitor the project from start to finish. Overhanging limbs will be pruned up to 15 feet in height for clearance purposes. Orange protective fencing will be placed around the trees. No construction materials are to be placed within the fencing.
- Our recommendation for those impacted by this project is to have a plan prior to leaving. Auden Street will continue to be busier while construction reroutes part of the traffic on Edloe.
- The Auden portion of this project will begin after Harper is complete around February and continue into the first few months of 2024. Harper Street construction is divided into four sections, as seen in the map above.
- Old water service lines for each house affected by the construction will be replaced after the roadway is completed on both sides of the street. Contractors will notify the resident before beginning the work.
Please contact city staff and public safety personnel below with any questions or comments at 713-668-2341.
|David Mossfirstname.lastname@example.org||Roadway and Drainage Project Questions|
|Andrew Deaversemail@example.com||Roadway and Drainage Project Questions|
|Police Chief McCallfirstname.lastname@example.org||Traffic Plan, Driveways, and Overnight Parking|
|Ulisess Serranoemail@example.com||Public Works and Water Reconnections|
|Steve Kenneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Public Works and Water Reconnections|
- How will this project improve drainage in Southside Place?
- This project will eliminate ponding in two-year storm events and will bring the storm sewer into compliance with current standards during the 100-year event. The average flood depth reduction for the 2, 10, and 100-year events are 7 inches, 8.5 inches, and 5 inches, respectively.
- How does the size of the new pipes compare to our current ones?
- Existing system uses undersized laterals (12, 15, and 18 inches). New system laterals will be a minimum of 24 inches.
- Storm sewer pipes are currently 24-inch (Auden), 36-inch (Harper), and 24-inch (Edloe). Completed storm sewer sizes will be 4 x 3 RCB (Auden), 4 x 3 RCB (Harper), 3 x 3 RCB (North Edloe), and 30-inch to 60-inch RCP (South Edloe).
- Outfall pipes are 21-36 inches CMPs to Poor Farm Ditch. Future outfalls to Poor Farm Ditch will include two 4 x 3 RCBs.
- Please note: RCB = Reinforced Concrete Box, RCP = Reinforced Concrete Pipe, CMP = Corrugated Metal Pipe
- What is the current timeline for the project and when will Harper Street begin?
- The residential street and drainage improvement project began in March of 2023 and should be completed by May 2024. Work began on Edloe at Bellaire Blvd. and will continue to move north until reaching University. Currently, Phase 7 and Phase 8 are under construction. In late October and early November, work will begin on Harper, moving west from Edloe to Auden. The final section of work will be on Auden from Harper to University.
- How will Harper Street be reconstructed?
- The residential street and drainage improvement project along Harper will proceed as a moving 600 feet road closure. Starting on the south side of Harper, the contractor will reconstruct 100 feet at a time. As the 600 feet closure moves west, the roadway will be reopened in 100 feet sections behind it. Street parking will be limited and vehicle are encouraged to park on neighboring streets.
- How will work progress?
- Hours of operation for this project will be Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Work will continue on Edloe until late October, Harper will start in early November, and then Auden. The construction crew will be closing one lane of traffic approximately 1000 feet segments. Two crews will work inside the closed lane. The underground crew will lead the charge, working on the drainage. A paving crew will follow behind and pave the road. Traffic will be one way on the affected streets while work is taking place. After work is complete on the first lane, the traffic pattern will switch and the paving crew will pave the opposite lane. Auden and Edloe will not be under construction at the same time, so throughout the project, one of the two main thoroughfares will have two-lane traffic.
- When will access to my driveway be restricted?
- Residential driveways should remain accessible throughout the project with two exceptions.
- Access will be restricted for one day while underground work is performed in front of the driveway.
- Access will be restricted for up to 7 consecutive days while concrete is poured and cures.
- Residential driveways should remain accessible throughout the project with two exceptions.
- Where do I park when I can't access my driveway?
- Residents may park on unaffected ABC streets that are the most convenient to them. Harper residents may also choose to park on Auden or Edloe, provided that those streets do not have ongoing construction.
- Will there be changes to street parking or overnight parking rules during the construction?
- Residents affected by the construction will not be subject to the overnight parking ordinance.
- How much of my driveway will be torn up and replaced?
- Only the apron of your driveway (the section between the sidewalk and the street) will be affected.
- Will my water, gas, or electric service be interrupted during the project? If so, how much notice will I have?
- There are no perceived interruptions to gas or electric service during this project. Residents on Edloe, Harper, and Auden along the project alignment may experience up to two water outages as connections are made for up to 8 hours. Except in the case of emergencies, you will be notified at least 48 hours prior to service interruptions.
- Will there be any changes to sanitation, recycling, or any other city services?
- No, all city services will remain unchanged throughout the duration of this project.
- What is the construction cost of the 2023-2024 drainage and street improvement project?
- Total Contracting Limited provided a low bid of $7.81 Million for the infrastructure project. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in the amount of $1.5 Million from HUD and a thirty-year loan from the Texas Water Development Board will be used.
- What is the property tax rate impact?
- The average taxable value of a home in Southside Place in 2023 was $1,854,850. The average home within Southside Place may see their property tax increase by approximately $654 with a three-cent increase to our current tax rate (based on the current appraised value). If your home is valued above average, then you will be paying more than $654 per year.
- How will I get progress updates from the city?
- The city website will have a page dedicated to the project. Additionally, the city will send weekly emails with updates. Please be sure to subscribe to these emails by visiting www.southsideplacetx.gov. Navigate to the "Notify Me" button (located just below the front-page photo and just above the weather widget). Additional questions and comments can be addressed to David Moss (email@example.com) or Andrew Deavers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Chief Don McCall (email@example.com) is available to answer questions concerning the traffic plan, driveways, and overnight parking. The city hall telephone number is 713-668-2341. Please feel free to visit them also at city hall.