On Wednesday, August 7th, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 (FBCLID 2) awarded the first construction contract for the Third Pump Station to Jerdon Enterprise. Construction activity is expected to begin at the north end of Oakland Dr. in late-August. This first construction contract will prepare the project site for construction by removing existing structures, installing construction access and security, and preparing for multiple utility relocations. Six different utilities will need to be relocated during the fall of 2019 to accommodate pump station construction. The first phase of construction and the utility relocations are scheduled to be complete by November.
The second phase of construction, the largest phase of the project, addresses installation of the actual pump station. The final pump station design is now complete and bids for this second phase of construction will be opened on Friday, September 30. FBCLID 2 plans to award the Third Pump Station construction contract in October. The contractor will then mobilize in November as soon as the first phase of construction is complete, and the site is ready.
The Third Pump Station will operate seven large storm water pumps that are powered by 1,500-horsepower motors. When combined all seven pumps can move approximately 1,000,000 gallons of water per minute which represents a 400% increase in pumping capacity. The seven pumps and motors require a very long lead time to design and manufacture. To expedite completion of the Third Pump Station, the contract to manufacture the pumps and motors was awarded back in April 2019.
The attached graphic demonstrates how the Third Pump Station will improve FBCLID 2 drainage. The chart shows water levels inside the FBCLID 2 levee during Hurricane Harvey and more recently during the May 7, 2019 flood. The chart also displays the water levels inside the levee if the Third Pump Station was operational during each event. Additional details about the Third Pump Station are available on line at www.fbclid2.com/resource-center/.
The Third Pump Station construction site is at the north end of Oakland Dr. and will be accessed via Sweetwater Blvd. and Elkins Rd. FBCLID 2 recognizes this is a major construction project occurring inside a residential neighborhood. The pump station design addresses these constraints and concerns as much as possible. However, the nature of the project requires thousands of hours of major construction activity including large construction vehicles carrying equipment and materials in and out of the neighborhood. The Third Pump Station is currently scheduled to be complete and operational by Spring 2021.