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SWG-2023-00667 - Texas Department of Transportation-Houston District - Chocolate Bayou and adjacent wetlands - Brazoria County, Texas

USACE Galveston District
Published Dec. 12, 2023
Expiration date: 1/16/2024

Public Notice          Project Plans

The applicant proposes to discharge 66,389 cubic yards of fill material which would in turn result in 14.42 acres of permanent wetland loss, 0.12 acres (453 linear feet) of tidal stream loss, and 0.16 acres (166 linear feet) of Chocolate Bayou loss.  The fill material discharged will improve and replace approximately 0.7 mile (mi) or 3,480 feet (ft) of the FM 2004 bridge at Chocolate Bayou.  The proposed Project includes an improved two-lane roadway with two 12-foot-wide travel lanes in each direction, two 13-foot-wide medians, and two 10-foot-wide shoulders.  The overall width of the new bridge will be approximately 92.5-foot and will also incorporate a two-foot-wide barrier within the center of the bridge.  Outside the limits of Chocolate Bayou, the roadway outer edges would have open-ditch drainage features.  The proposed Project will completely replace the existing FM 2004 bridge with a concrete bridge structure immediately adjacent and west of the existing alignment, as well as reconstructing the associated approaches to the bridge.  Haul roads will be installed for the transportation of materials for the new bridge and the removal of materials of the existing facility.  The Project also includes deconstructing and relocating the existing boat ramp to the south (downstream) of the existing bridge.  A permanent sheet pile closure wall, approximately 50 ft in overall length, would be installed at the entrance of the existing basin to facilitate dewatering and backfilling.  Construction of the new boat ramp would consist of installing a new boat ramp and excavating a new basin and basin entrance.  The dredge material from Chocolate Bayou would be placed in USACE-managed Dredge Material Placement Areas (DMPA) located nearby the Project Area.  DMPAs include PA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 67, and 68 located within and adjacent to Chocolate Bayou upstream and downstream from the Project Area.