Lift Station

League City utility maintenance technician Randy Armstrong describes the workings of a sewage lift station near the intersection of Interstate 45 and FM 518 in League City on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The station will be replaced at a new location because of the widening of the interstate.

LEAGUE CITY

The state’s widening of Interstate 45 between NASA 1 and FM 518 will displace signs and at least one lift station in League City.

Plans by the Texas Department of Transportation to improve and expand the interstate will eat up land where existing structures are, but the state will reimburse the owners’ expenses of replacing those structures.

The Clear Creek Village lift station is one of them, and the city owns it. Wastewater and sewage from the Clear Creek Village neighborhood flow through sewage pipes that gradually slant lower and lower until they reach about 20 feet below the lift station at the end of Claiborne Drive.

The lift station then pumps wastewater from a lower to a higher elevation and moves it along to a treatment facility.

But soon, the Clear Creek Village lift station will have to operate its pumps and wells from a different site not so close to the existing frontage road. The Texas Department of Transportation has already arranged for some commercial signs to come down and has acquired rights of way, staff said.

The city will pay for moving the lift station with the understanding that the Texas Department of Transportation will reimburse the city, Assistant City Manager Bo Bass said.

League City officials on Monday put out a request for bids to replace the lift station.

The cost of the future project won’t be known until the bids come Feb. 13, but, in 2017, the city council approved $66,500 for improvements at the existing Smith Lane lift station. The complete rebuild of the Clear Creek Village lift station would probably cost more than that, staff said.

The timing of when the work would begin and when it would need to be finished depends on the Texas Department of Transportation’s timetable, said Angie Steelman, director of budget and planning for League City. The city council could approve a contract for the new lift station by the end of February.

The new Clear Creek Village lift station would include an 8-foot diameter concrete submersible lift station, a wet well with two submersible pumps and accessories, a 15-inch PVC influent sanitary sewer line and connection to the existing sanitary sewer with a new manhole. It also will have a fence, a diesel emergency generator, electrical work and an odor control unit.

The city operates 70 lift stations, Bass said. Those 70 stations send wastewater flows to either the Southwest Regional Waste Reclamation Facility or to the Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city also owns both treatment facilities, Bass said.

While the Clear Creek Village neighborhood flooded during Hurricane Harvey, the lift station did not have any damage, city staff said.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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