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July 12, 2022

Public meeting set for proposed Briar Creek stabilization project

The banks along Briar Creek, downstream of the Philips Event Center, have become unstable due to erosion and are affecting properties adjacent to the creek. The City of Bryan is proposing a stabilization project to reduce erosion and improve the Briar Creek channel.

The city will be holding its first Public Outreach meeting at the Bryan Municipal Office Building, 300 S. Texas Ave., on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For questions on the project, please contact City of Bryan Civil Engineer, Kelly Sullivan or by phone at 979.209.5030.

In 2020, the channel went under construction to install concrete lining to a section of the creek. The problematic erosion has occurred along the grass-lined sections following the concrete addition. The goal of this project is to continue the stabilization from the existing concrete lining to the end of the channel, at N. Earl Rudder Freeway West Frontage Road. This project would stabilize approximately 900 feet of the Briar Creek channel.

To accomplish this, the City of Bryan is proposing to stabilize the remaining slopes by using bioengineered walls. These bioengineered walls would consist of geobags with additional rocks added to the base of the channel for added protection. The city is also proposing the use of constructed rock riffles, which are specifically placed rocks or lines of rocks to provide energy dissipation at key locations within the creek to encourage water flow. The city believes that this green solution will improve the creek environment and provide an increased lifespan for the project.

Photo of construction crews installing geobags along a bank of a river.
Installing geobags

Photo a year after geobags have been installed along the banks of a river.
One year after geobag installation

 
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