Bastrop: City Receives Update on $9.5 Million Gills Branch Flood Mitigation Project
Feature Photo: A look at the areas of Bastrop that suffered flooding from the 2015 Memorial Day flooding, with the dark blue portion severely impacted, according to Paul Morales with Halff Associates.
by Art Benavidez
Bastrop (Bastrop County) — The city received an update by Halff Associates regarding the roughly $9.5 million Gills Branch flood mitigation project at their council meeting last week.
The project is in response to providing a long term solution to infrastructure issues that arose from the 2015 Memorial Day flooding from Gills Branch Creek.
Paul Morales with Halff Associates said that they should have a final design for the project within a month and that the city can then start applying for federal and state grants related to the project.
Assistant City Manager Trey Job said that the design of the project was funded through the annual budget.
City Council approved a $515,000 contract with Halff Associates to prepare the final design plans in Dec. of 2019.
Land acquisition for the project and construction is the subject of a pending Community Development Block Grant Hazardous Mitigation grant application.
“We have applied for a hazardous mitigation community development block grant to fund the construction,” Job said. “We have not received any information in regard to the award of the project from the GLO (General Land Office).”
The project will provide channel improvements, along with reinforcing three bridge structures, a berm and channel benching.
An aerial view of the Gills Branch mitigation project.
The objective of the project is as follows:
Reduce overflow of Gills Branch
Minimize flooding to the extent possible
Add channel conveyance
Channel benching and bridge improvements
Prepare design plans and specifications
GLO-CDBG MIT grant funding
Morales said that the design for the mitigation would reduce the number of structures in the flood zone from 213 to 25.
The project timeline calls for land acquisition and utility relocation to take place in April, a process that can take up to a year and construction to begin in April 2022 and be completed by April 2023.
The management consulting services frim Langford & Associates Inc. is also involved in the project, according to Morales.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.