By Elsa Maxey
In Sugar Land, you may have noticed the pipes at the U.S. 90A bridge over by Brooks Street and Bayview. According to the city, this is part of the interceptor rehabilitation project. It is a project in a second phase involving East and West interceptor mains.
The pipeline is a bypass for the interceptor project, which Sugar Land reports is bypassing sewer from a manhole on Ulrich over to the sewer system on Bayview. It is in place temporarily to reroute sewer flows so the permanent line can be rehabilitated. While it looks like the pipe is taking in water from Oyster Creek since it seems to curl under the bridge, the city reports that is not the case. It also advises that the line runs under the 90A bridge at Oyster Creek and into the city’s storm sewer to cross Bayview and enter the sewer system through a manhole on the east side of Bayview.
The pipe stretches for about a quarter of a block over the Oyster Creek bridge looking as one resident said, “like a giant earthworm.” Sugar Land said the temporary bypass will be there a couple of months.
The project is part of a recommended multi-year phased rehabilitation of the North collection system. Two interceptor lines were constructed in 1974 and 1985, and it will cost $2.2 million plus for rehabilitating a deteriorating collection system, part of critical infrastructure. There are more repairs to come. According to the city, an evaluation of the East and West interceptors will take about $5.5 million in repairs or replacement over a five year period.
Just know that the huge pipes going into the manholes at one of the entrances of the Sugar Lakes subdivision at U.S. 90A and probably other places in the vicinity are not water-sucking creatures that have been drying up the lakes in this part of the state!