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Posted on: June 15, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Public Works' Week in Review for June 15, 2023

People standing infront of building

The Public Works Department is made up of various sub-departments including Fleet, Line Repair, Streets/Stormwater and Traffic, Wastewater, and Water. Each week, over 100 employees are responsible for the maintenance, monitoring, and improvement of existing and new infrastructure across League City which includes everything from roadways and traffic lights to storm drains, sewers, and water production.

Below are some tips and projects they are working on:

Public Works Utilities Hurricane Preparedness 

The Utility Departments annually discuss hurricane preparedness for the upcoming hurricane season (June 1st thru November 30th). Experience gained over the years helps departments revise their hurricane action plans, which is the procedure the departments follow when a hurricane threatens our area. This plan offers guidance to provide continuous water and sewer services during emergency situations and also assists with staffing and equipment procedures during and after potential storms.Hurricane in Gulf of Mexico

Utility Line Repair Proactive Valve Maintenance Activity

Water distribution in League City requires constant monitoring and maintenance. Being proactive in this maintenance endeavor can alleviate some of the unnecessary interruptions during emergency situations. The City currently operates and maintains approximately 5,000 fire hydrants, 12,000 valves, and 554 miles of water lines. Marking curbs for valve locations, painting valve housings, and locating missing or buried valves will assist in the proper operation and maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. Identifying and marking valve locations is critical in ensuring proper leak isolation during water line breaks or fire-fighting incidents.

Please feel free to report any concerns or kudos to 281-554-1390. We are available 24/7/365. Thank you!

Line Repair Crew Member Exercising Isolation Valve

Blue Markings on Curb with house in background

Software Testing on Traffic Signals

This week Traffic staff started software testing of the Corridor 2 traffic signals for the Adaptive Traffic Signal Timing Control Project. The Corridor 2 signals are on Marina Bay Blvd from 5 Corners to Lawrence Rd and on FM 518 from 5 Corners to Lawrence Rd. During this test period the traffic signals will not be fully coordinated causing temporary intermittent green and red-light cycle times. This disruption is a necessary step as the system adapts to real-time traffic patterns.

We are working to complete this phase of the project in the next 4 weeks then will begin the “traffic study” portion of this project where the adaptive is turned off so that the traffic signals operate with the same timings every day for the study. Next the software will recommend timings improvements that will be reviewed by staff before sending out to the timers. After the new coordination timings are in place the adaptive traffic signal control will be turned back on for use. The goal is to have Corridor 2 fully activated by the end of summer, so we are ready for the start of the school year.

Green Traffic Signal Lights with vehicles on roadway

Arrival of a 430-F Caterpillar Backhoe

Fleet is pleased to announce the arrival of Street’s Caterpillar backhoe that was ordered back in February 2022.  This 430-F model will be used by Street crews to haul dirt, rock, and necessary materials in their day-to-day projects.

Yellow colored Caterpillar Backhoe with trees in background

What is “Ball Moss”?

Ball Moss can be seen “hanging out” in trees around town.  Despite its name, Ball Moss is not moss—it’s actually a moisture-loving bromeliad that is an epiphyte (a plant that can have its roots in the air, similar to an orchid). Heavy coverage may be seen on trees in decline, but Ball Moss doesn’t kill trees—it just takes advantage of increased sunlight as the canopy foliage disappears.

Check out the following website for more information on Spanish Moss: 

String like balls of greenish brown moss on tree branches

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