Description

The Bear Branch Gravity Main, a major collection main for the SJRA Woodlands Division Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) No. 2 service area, was installed in 1985 and requires rehabilitation based on physical condition assessments conducted in previous years. The sanitary sewer gravity main is located along the Bear Branch waterway between Kuykendahl Rd. and WWTF No. 2 in The Woodlands. The gravity main is approximately 16,100 linear feet of existing 42-inch to 72-inch reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) sanitary sewer pipe. A cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) will be inserted into the original pipe to reinforce the structural integrity, prevent further corrosion to the existing pipe and extend the life of the gravity main by 50+ years. This project also includes rehabilitation of manholes, cleaning and television inspection, diversion pumping, installing temporary construction roads along access routes, and installing temporary bridges across drainage ditches, creeks and channels.  **Temporary access roads are for construction purposes only.**  
Rehabilitation of Bear Branch Gravity Main - Project Limits and Access Routes Map

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Rehabilitation of Bear Branch Gravity Main

The Bear Branch Gravity Main, a major sewer collection main for the SJRA Woodlands Division Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) No. 2 service area, was installed in 1985, and requires rehabilitation based on physical condition assessments conducted in previous years.  The gravity main is approximately 16,000 linear feet of existing 42-inch to 72-inches in diameter reinforced concrete sewer pipe.

CIPP is a trenchless technology to rehabilitate and repair existing pipes without having to excavate or replace the pipes.  It is a joint free, seamless pipe lining that is installed within the existing pipe.  It is one of the most widely used rehabilitation methods for existing aging sewer lines.

  • Divert existing sewer line flow by diversion pumps from one manhole to another.
  • Mechanically clean and televise existing sewer line, remove debris, and check for failures.
  • Mobilize trucks and equipment to a designated upstream manhole to receive the CIPP lining and at a downstream manhole that the CIPP lining will stop.
  • The process of CIPP involves inserting and running a felt lining made of fiberglass into a preexisting pipe that is the subject of repair and rehabilitation. Resin within the liner is then exposed to a curing element (hot water) to make it attach to the inner walls of the pipe.  Once fully cured, the lining now acts as a new pipeline.
  • Because there are several different diameters of pipe within the pipeline, this process will be required to be repeated several times.

In order to rehabilitate the gravity main system, the selected construction method requires that the existing system (underground sewer line) be taken out of service, in sections.  The temporary above ground pipes will be used to bypass sections of the existing system while they are rehabilitated using CIPP.

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Temporary access roads have been installed along the project route to allow the specialized CIPP equipment to access the pipes and manholes.  Once the contractor starts the CIPP process, the crew will work 24/7 until that segment is complete.  They will then move their equipment to the next segment to proceed with the next CIPP lining installation. There may be construction traffic on the access roadway during the night; however, if you see something suspicious, please report it to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at 936-760-5800.

As with any construction, there may be activities that cause noticeable noises, but the contractor is required to minimize impacts to the neighboring communities.  The contractor will mitigate dust impacts using water trailers as needed.  Potential odors may be present in the vicinity of the where the bypass pipes are discharging into manholes and when the contractor is cleaning the existing sewer pipe in advance of installing the CIPP.  The lining process may have a smell similar to nail polish.

The current scope of work requires SJRA’s contractor to restore any areas impacted by construction activities.  Planning and coordination between SJRA and The Woodlands Township may require some revisions to restoration activities.

The project is currently anticipated to be complete by spring of 2021.

Project Information

Information

Design Consultant:  ARKK Engineers

Contractor: SAK Construction

PDF Map:  Rehabilitation of Bear Branch Gravity Main – Project Limits and Access Routes Map

Status & Schedule

Easement Underbrush Clearing: February 2020

Contractor Notice to Proceed: February 2020

Anticipated Project Completion: Spring 2021

Village:  Cochran’s Crossing

MUDs:  47, 60, 67

Dates are subject to change.

Additional Documents:
Bear Branch Gravity Main Rehabilitation-One Pager June 2020
Bear Branch Gravity Main Rehabilitation-One Pager July 2020