Just about a mile as the trash floats along Brays Bayou from that sylvan site in Idylwood where the Houston Parks Board is considering building a parking lot, more work of the flood-mitigating Project Brays is underway. Here, near the intersection of Wheeler and Old Spanish Trail, the Harris County Flood Control District is widening the channel to help the bayou along, an act that will necessitate spending about $4.2 million to build a new 2-lane bridge.
According to the HCFCD, the existing bridge on Wheeler — shown in the photo here — isn’t nearly big enough and will need to be demolished. The new bridge, to be built during the next year or so, will extend Lidstone St. up and over the bayou to O.S.T., connecting the Gulfgate and Fonde Park neighborhoods just southeast of the Orange Show. Once the bridge is complete, more hike and bike trails will be installed.
You can see a project map and more photos after the jump:
This view looks north toward Fonde Park and U of H:
- Construction Starts on New Lidstone Bridge and Channel Widening at Brays Bayou [Harris County Flood Control District]
- Previously on Swamplot: No Parking: Idylwood Residents Want Parks Board To Move Proposed Hike and Bike Lot Somewhere Else, Brays Bayou Flood Control Landscape: Eldridge Hillside Sheep
Images: Harris County Flood Control District (map); Allyn West (photos)