ENR: Recovery, Resilience Are Focus in Harvey’s Wake

This is an excerpt taken from an ENR article. Click here to read the article in its entirety on the ENR site.

The effects of that type of flooding on infrastructure is significant, and much of it is latent because its affects the road base, Basilica says.

On the west side of Houston, a segment of the Sam Houston Tollway south of Interstate-10 was submerged under nearly 15 ft of water. Pressure from the water heaved five lanes of pavement and degraded the base on the southbound lanes. Crews completed repairs on a 350-ft by 60-ft area of pavement in just five days.

Webber LLC went to work helping Southern Crushed Concrete with that repair for the Harris County Toll Road Authority, and helped both HCTRA and the Texas Dept. of Transportation in repairing other roadways across the city.

Tim Creson, Webber’s president and CEO said

“Immediately after flood waters began to recede, our employees began collaborating on the best way to help other affected employees and their communities. From going into homes to tear out drywall to a donation program directly benefitting impacted employees, matched 2:1 by Webber and our parent company Ferrovial Agroman, our company has stepped up in these trying few weeks. In the end,
the effects of the hurricane and our collective efforts to mitigate its damages will result in a multimillion dollar impact to our business. But I’m proud of the fact that we took care of our clients and employees
in these trying times.”

At this point, agencies are now focusing on developing procurements in order to get firms on contract, Basilica explains.
No major infrastructure improvements to help with storm surge or mitigating flood risks have been put in place since Hurricane Ike struck in 2008. Houstonians endured the Memorial Day Flood in 2015, followed by the Tax Day Floods in 2016, both of which were catastrophic, and no projects were approved in the aftermath of those storms either.

After Harvey, we also worked alongside the Texas Department of Transportation to reset the concrete traffic barrier and remove debris displaced by the San Jacinto River along north bound and south bound US 59.