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SJRA: Update on Research Forest repair

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UPDATE October 9, 2019 10:36am:

“The Woodlands, Texas – San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) its contractors, and Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s Office (Precinct 3) continue to inspect and repair the area.  We realize this is a slow process and an immense inconvenience for everyone who drives in the area. Flushing of the water line will begin today (October 9th). Residents might see water coming from the flushing hydrant that is on Research Forest Drive, within the coned off area.  In addition SJRA will be flushing hydrants at Woodlands Water Plants 2 and 5.”

Process: 

  • Uncover affected area after Tropical Storm Imelda (COMPLETED);
  • Dewater the area (COMPLETED);
  • Remove bank sand from around the pipe (COMPLETED);
  • Install a new section of pipe (COMPLETED);
  • Hydrotest the new pipe (COMPLETED);
  • Backfill the affected area (COMPLETED);
  • Remove remaining pavement (COMPLETED);
  • Re-pave the affected area; and (COMPLETED)
  • Coordination with Precinct 3 to reopen the eastbound side (Occurs after inspection by Precinct 3*). 

*Concrete can take approximately 6-7 days of dry weather to cure before being opened safely to traffic. Drivers will see traffic control and reduced activity during this time. 

“Repairing a water line and a major thoroughfare is a large-scale project that requires a detailed process to ensure the work is done PROPERLY and SAFELY. Thank you Precinct 3 engineers for your assistance and cooperation. Many thanks to Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson and Montgomery County Constable Ryan Gable for traffic control. We will continue to post updates on social media (Facebook @SanJacintoRiverAuthority or Twitter @SJRA_1937). Thank you again, for working with us to ensure the safety of the community. “

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October 1, 2019 5:20pm – SJRA Update on Research Forest water line break: Repairs continue 24/7, Testing to begin TONIGHT with limited crews in the area.

“SJRA and Montgomery County Precinct 3 want things repaired as quickly and as safely as possible. We realize this is an immense inconvenience for everyone who drives in the area. Repairing a water line and a major thoroughfare is a large-scale project that requires a detailed process to ensure the work is done PROPERLY and SAFELY.” 

Process: 

  • Uncover affected area after Tropical Storm Imelda (COMPLETED);
  • Dewater the area (COMPLETED);
  • Remove bank sand from around the pipe (COMPLETED);
  • Install a new section of pipe (COMPLETED);
  • ***Hydrotest the new pipe (to begin TONIGHT, 7pm October 1, for the safety of all personnel, limited crews will be on site during testing);
  • Backfill the affected area;
  • Remove remaining pavement;
  • Re-pave the affected area; and
  • Coordination with Precinct 3 to reopen the eastbound side.

“Precinct 3 operates and maintains the roads in The Woodlands. SJRA is working closely with Precinct 3 to repair the affected area. Concrete can take approximately 6-7 days of dry weather to cure before being opened safely to traffic. Drivers will see traffic control and reduced activity during this time.”

“We will continue to post updates on social media. Thank you again, for working with us to ensure the safety of the community.”

September 25, 2019 – SJRA Update on Research Forest repair:  Contractors will be on site starting tomorrow (9/26) to repair a 30-inch water line under the eastbound lanes of Research Forest Drive.  The westbound lanes continue to stay open.  Contractors plan to be on site for approximately three weeks. Traffic control will remain in the area for the duration of the project.

September 25, 2019 - SJRA Update on Research Forest repair: Contractors will be on site starting tomorrow (9/26) to repair a 30-inch water line under the eastbound lanes of Research Forest Drive.

“We regret the immense inconvenience this has caused and are working diligently with our contractors to get the water line up and running and the road repaired as safely and as quickly as possible.” 

“Drivers are advised to avoid the area.  Alternative routes include Woodlands Parkway, Lake Woodlands Drive, Texas 242, and FM 1488.”

“SJRA continues to work closely with Montgomery County Precinct 3 and the Montgomery County Constable’s Office.  The Woodlands is not anticipated to have any interruption of water service during the process.  Businesses are not expected to be significantly impacted as this section of Research Forest Drive has no direct entry sites or driveways that are obstructed.”

Source: San Jacinto River Authority

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