The Sugar Land City Council recently authorized $1.375 million to fund part of a joint drainage project with the Fort Bend County Drainage District to extend Ditch H, a major drainage channel located in that city. The ditch runs about 4.5 miles south of U.S. 90A to the Brazos River, beneath U.S. 59. The plan calls for extending Ditch H from U.S. 90A to Oyster Creek to divert additional flow and lower the 100-year water surface elevations in the creek. This is estimated to lower 100 year surface elevations in Oyster Creek by as much as two fee in some areas, as well as improve overall drainage along Oyster Creek.
The $1.375 million from Sugar Land will be used for construction of a bridge during the first phase of the Ditch H project. The first phase is expected to cost about $2.75 million while the estimated cost of both phases of the project is $6 million. The extension of the drainage ditch was recommended in the Upper Oyster Creek and Ditch H Drainage Study and Improvement Plan, prepared in 2002 for Fort Bend County, Sugar Land, and Levee Improvement District #2. Construction is expected to begin during Fall 2009.