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Letter from Commissioner Long

  • 10 April 2017
  • Author: Jaime Miller
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April 2017 Update

San Gabriel Ranch Road Open House

  • 7 December 2016
  • Author: bawassink
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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Open House for San Gabriel Ranch Road on Monday evening, December 5. We appreciate everyone’s input and involvement in this process. In addition to heavy support for the bridge option, the most frequent comment we received regarded the timeline and the need to reopen the road as quickly as possible. Based on the feedback we received, we are moving forward with Alternative 2, removing the dam and building a bridge.

If you did not make it to the Open House meeting for San Gabriel Ranch Road on Monday, December 5, 2016, you can access answers to Frequently Asked Questions and exhibits shown at the meeting are available here. You can view the slideshow presentation below:  

Updated 12/07/2016

Update from Commissioner Long

  • 1 December 2016
  • Author: bawassink
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Update Letter from Commissioner Long

November 15 2016 update

  • 15 November 2016
  • Author: bawassink
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Dear San Gabriel River Ranch Residents,

The Williamson County Road and Bridge Division and I would like to update you on the progress of the San Gabriel Ranch Road project since the June 22, 2016 email. The following progress has been made:

  • The Consulting engineering firm Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) and their team have performed hydrologic, hydraulic and stability analyses of the dam. Based on results from the survey and geotechnical investigation the following were determined or reviewed:
    • The stability analysis evaluates the structural integrity of the embankment and revealed that the dam currently does not meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Dam Safety Standards.
    • Upstream and downstream conditions of the dam including the 100‐year flood plain in the case of a dam failure.
    • Analyses also looked at current and future development upstream.
  • The Road and Bridge Division has worked closely with FNI over the last several months to develop alternatives to repair the roadway.
  • In developing alternatives, feasibility studies were performed and construction costs and durations were estimate.
  • Communications with other governmental entities have begun that will be involved in the solution including TCEQ, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

An Open House will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Fellowship Church (old VFW building) located at 102 W. Myrtle Lane, Liberty Hill, TX 78642. We will provide residents details of these alternatives and provide an opportunity for public input. Repairs are expected to begin in late winter or early spring 2017.

We will continue to provide updates, but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Kathy Pierce at my office. Your continued support and patience is most appreciated.

Sincerely,
Cynthia P. Long
Commissioner – Precinct Two

June 22, 2016 Update

  • 29 June 2016
  • Author: bawassink
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Dear Residents of the San Gabriel River Ranch Subdivision, 

The Williamson County Road and Bridge Division, and Precinct Two Commissioner Cynthia Long, would like to update you on the progress of the San Gabriel Ranch Road project.  Since our April 29, 2016 update:  

  • A geotechnical investigation has been performed which evaluated subsurface soil conditions. This information will aid in the design of the repairs. 
  • On June 15, 2016 a survey of the roadway and river just upstream of the roadway was completed. 
  • Survey and geotechnical data will be used for hydraulic and stability analyses of the dam to aid in the development of the design alternatives. 
  • Consulting engineering firm Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) is in the process of developing proposed alternatives to repair the roadway. Public input on proposed alternatives will be requested from the San Gabriel River Ranch Subdivision in late July or early August 2016. 
  • Repairs are expected to begin in late winter 2016 or early spring 2017. 

We greatly appreciate your continued support and interest in the developments of this project, and thank you for your patience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What phase is the San Gabriel Ranch Road project in? When did the project start and when is it set to be completed?

The San Gabriel Ranch Road project is separate and distinct from the safety related closure of San Gabriel Ranch Road at the spillway, just East of Remuda Drive, and involves the rehabilitation and resurfacing of roads in the subdivision.  The San Gabriel Ranch Road rehabilitation and resurfacing project started with Phase I in the summer of 2013 and we expect to begin Phase II in the spring or summer of 2016.

Why is San Gabriel Ranch Road closed?

The decision to close San Gabriel Ranch Road at the spillway location was based solely upon safety and has nothing to do with the resurfacing and rehabilitation project.  Every time it rains and the spillway engages, water runs over the road, causing erosion on the downstream side of the road. Upon last inspection, the erosion had undermined the road so severely that Road and Bridge engineers determined it was no longer safe for residents.

What led to the decision to reopen and repair this road?

The County has continuously been looking into solutions for San Gabriel Ranch Road following the necessary closure due to loss of structural integrity.   As previously mentioned all options were analyzed, and the Commissioner’s Court determined that, with the best information that we currently have, repairing the road and re-opening it to traffic is the most favorable option at this time.

How will residents be notified about future developments regarding the San Gabriel Ranch Road closure?

Williamson County Road and Bridge has received the names, e-mail addresses and other contact information for residents in the San Gabriel River Ranch subdivision who signed the petition that was circulating in mid-October 2015. Those residents who did not sign the petition may e-mail roadadmin@wilco.org or call 512-943-3330 to be added to the San Gabriel Ranch Road contact list. We will promptly e-mail residents who wish to be notified with any updates. Resident input has and will be an invaluable tool while assessing options for the repair or modification of San Gabriel Ranch Road at the spillway.

Can you explain the estimated timeline for reopening/repair of the road?

It is anticipated that should no unexpected complexities be found, the process should take approximately 11.5 months to 15.5 months. The following is a detailed breakdown:

a.  The County purchasing process follows procedures as prescribed by law including: advertising for a sufficient period of time, receiving and analyzing the engineering firm’s qualifications, interviewing a short list of qualified firms, and then recommending  to the Commissioners Court the most qualified firm.  If the Commissioners Court approves of the selection, the County then negotiates and enters into a contract with the selected firm.   This process is expected to take approximately 1 ½ to 2 months

b.  Then the engineering firm will need to analyze the hydrology and hydraulics of the Lackey Creek watershed and the impacts to the San Gabriel Ranch Road repairs.  The firm will also propose different alternatives and analyze structural components.  Once a proposed solution is determined, resident input will be sought.  This process will take a couple of weeks.  Then the design will be turned into bid package (comprised of plan sheets, technical specifications and contract language), and the County will seek qualified contractors to perform the work.  This process is anticipated to take approximately 4 to 6 months.

c.  The procurement of a contractor follows procedures as prescribed by law and will take approximately 1 ½ months.

d.  Once a contractor is approved by the Commissioners Court, construction can begin and will take approximately 4 to 6 months, depending on weather.

What is the overall cost to repair the San Gabriel Ranch Road at the spillway?

The cost associated with the section of San Gabriel Ranch Road that is currently closed has yet to be determined. Williamson County has hired an engineering consultant to evaluate the structural condition of the dam and develop design alternatives to repair the dam to the extent necessary to support the roadway.

Has the crossing at San Gabriel Ranch Road been condemned by FEMA?

FEMA has not condemned San Gabriel Ranch Road.  FEMA was responding to a request by Williamson County to investigate the roadway as part of an effort to secure disaster recovery funds to assist in the repairs or modifications of the roadway. FEMA has provided some funds toward repair of the roadway.