Flood Control Construction Making Visible Progress

Created: 04/10/2014 5:26 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's probably the most visible of Austin's ongoing flood control efforts, and if you look closely one of the cornerstones of that project is starting to take shape.

“They’ve started pouring the decorative walls," said Austin city engineer Steven Lang. “There are small gaps in that wall right now, and those will be filled in with the taller piers."

The piers will hold removable panels that would be put in place during periods of high water.

"That will be what people will see as they drive along north main street," Steven Lang explained.

Construction continued throughout one of the harshest winters in recent memory by design -- winter is when the water table is lowest, so it limited the amount of pumping that had to be done to get it out of trenches dug for the footings for the flood wall.

"And as we had anticipated the water has come up about two feet in some of our trenches where we already completed the work," city engineer Steven Lang told us.

Early next month, north main street will be closed to so the road surface can be raised by two feet.

"Once that roadway is closed then we'll have multiple additional contractors in there doing underground construction, working on storm sewer and things like that," said Austin City Engineer Steven Lang.

The closure is expected to last about 6 months.

"Right now with the roadway open we're really limited to flood wall construction, and once that road is closed there will be a lot more activity going on," said Steven Lang.

This part of Austin's flood control project carries a $14.5 million dollar price tag. It'll be funded through a combination of state and federal grant money, and a local option sales tax.

"I would say things are progressing well and on schedule," Steven Lang said.

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