TEXAS CITY — One of the largest drainage projects in Texas City history is underway, and work will continue for another year and a half.

An old metal drainage pipe that runs under Blocker Middle School between 14th and 16th avenues will be replaced using $10.3 million in Hurricane Ike disaster recovery money, said Tommy Maris, Texas City’s project manager.

“It didn’t work that well (during Hurricane Ike) because it is undersized and also it’s caving in,” Maris said.

The old drainage structure will be replaced. The city will put in new culverts and new curb and gutter streets along parts of 14th and 16th avenues, Maris said.

Traffic on both 14th and 16th avenues will be able to travel only east for the entire duration of the project from Sixth Street to Bay Street, Maris said.

Preliminary work has begun, and the project is slated to last 18 months.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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