The Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, a project of the Harris County Flood Control District in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, includes 19.3 miles of bayou enlargements and environmental enhancements along Sims Bayou from the Houston Ship Channel to Croquet Lane, just west of South Post Oak Road. The project requires the replacement or modification of 22 bridges, 20 of which are complete as of August 2013. As the local sponsor, the Flood Control District has been responsible for property acquisition, utility relocation and the modification/replacement of the bridges that cross Sims Bayou.
The final two road bridges that cross Sims Bayou are being reconstructed at Hiram Clarke Road and South Post Oak Road. The bridges are designed to minimize obstruction to the flow of stormwater in Sims Bayou.
The Flood Control District will communicate construction and bridge closure schedules to the media and to the public in advance of each phase of the project. Motorists are encouraged to be alert, to pay attention to all posted street and lane closures and to follow traffic detours in the area.
Construction on the Hiram Clarke and South Post Oak bridges began in 2012. To maintain traffic along these heavily traveled corridors during construction, only one side of each bridge is being taken out of service at a time. Northbound and southbound traffic is being managed through the construction zones.
During the third and final construction phase on the Hiram Clarke bridge, which began in November 2012, the two-lane southbound road bridge has been closed and all traffic is detoured to the two-lane northbound bridge. Traffic will continue to run one lane in each direction on the northbound bridge between Tiffany and Simsbrook drives until September 2013.
During the second and final construction phase for the South Post Oak Bridge, which began in April 2012, the two-lane southbound road bridge has been closed and all traffic is detoured to the two-lane northbound bridge. Traffic will run one lane in each direction on the newly constructed northbound bridge between Heatherbrook and Trafalgar for approximately five months.