The Sugar Land City Council recently approved an infrastructure improvement project aimed at reducing flooding within certain areas of the city.
According to a news release from the city, the council approved an engineering design contract to improve drainage in the Austin Park and Chimneystone subdivisions of Sugar Land. The city said that area’s drainage issues were a “top priority” identified by Sugar Land residents through the 2020 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.
The project is part of Sugar Land’s 2019 General Obligation (GO) Bond Program, according to the city, and will attempt to reduce structure flooding risks and reduce the ponding depths and durations during major rain events. It is scheduled to begin work in November 2022.
"This investment is just a piece of the city's commitment to our residents to fulfill the 2019 GO bond program and provide a response to address aging infrastructure," Assistant City Manager Chris Steubing said in the news release. "Sugar Land is a city worth investing in, and we continue to seek creative approaches to deliver the bond projects through the CIP (Capital Improvement Program) that allow for a major response to our infrastructure needs in a fiscally responsible way."
According to the city, the project will cost an estimated $16.5 million. The city said it will be paid for with a zero percent interest 30-year loan, with potential savings of over $7.6 million based on the 30-year life of the loan and current interest rates.