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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY FORT WORTH DISTRICT, CORPS OF ENGINEERS P.O. BOX 17300 FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76102-0300 ArTENTION oF January 10, 2006 Operations Division Mr. Timothy M. Nesbitt, P.E. Texas Department of Transportation P.O. Box 133067 Dallas, Texas 75313-3067 Dear Mx. Nesbitt: I am replying to a request from the Texas Department of Transportation for our review of the Bridge Hydrology and Hydraulics Report and the construction plans for the Proposed State Highway Improvement, Hampton Road/Inwood Road in Dallas, Texas. This letter is intended to transmit our staff review comments pertaining to the portion of this project that will be located within.the limits of the Dallas Floodway, and is therefore subject to the regulations governing construction within a federal floodway. Please be advised that construction within the Dallas Floodway has not been authorized and we now await submittal of revised construction plans that address the attached comments. If you have questions pertaining to the bridge foundations or other geotechnical issues, please contact Anita Branch by telephone at (817)886-1703. If you have questions pertaining to the other review comments or to the criteria for construction within the limits of existing federal flood protection projects, please contact Mark Sissom, P.E., by telephone at (817)886-1582. Sincerely, a Thomas W. Fleege: Chief, Operations Division Enclosure DALLAS FLOODWAY Hampton / Inwood Road Bridge Review Comments, 23 December 2005 PLANS 4. General Comment. Review of the plans for this structure indicate that piers associated with Bents 4, 5, 30, 31 and 32 penetrate the flood protection levee (see Sheets 213 and 219). All piers drilled within the levee footprint shall be subject to the following requirements: Any excavations performed within the footprint of the levees, including temporary shoring, cofferdams and piers, shall be observed by the Corps of Engineers. A minimum of working days prior to the start of any excavation on the levees the Contractor shall contact Anita Branch at 817-886-1703 or Les Perrin at 817-886-1694 to arrange for the inspection. Contractor will immediately cease any construction activity considered by the Corps of Engineers to present an unacceptable risk to the integrity of the levee. {All dling within the footprint ofthe levees shall be performed In accordance with US ‘Army Corps of Engineer Regulation ER 1110-21807, "Procedures for Drilling in Earth Embankments. Contractor shall maintain stockpiles of suitable impervious material (SC, CL and CH) adjacent to excavated areas for ‘backfilling in the event of flooding. Stockpile quantities to be maintained shall exceed the volume of all open excavations, including piers, by a factor of 2.” Notes reflecting these requirements need to be added to the project plans. 2. General Comment. Drawings 213 and 219 show that the distance between the top of . the levee and the bottom of the bridge beams is 10-feet or less. This limited distance presents a significant problem for both maintenance of the levee and any future construction that may be required fo insure that the Dallas Floodway provides the required level of flood protection. 3. Emergency Action Plan. During construction, the Contractor shall insure the flood control protection of the City of Dallas is not compromised. The following notes shall be added to the project plans: EMERGENCY OPERATION PLAN 1. During construction, the Contractor shall take whatever means necessary to safeguard the integrity of the levee. Toward that end, the Contractor shall prepare and submit for approval by the Corps of Engineers and the city of Dallas Flood Control District, a Flood Emergency Action Plan that will be implemented in the event of GEOTECHNICAL Comments Page 1 of 3 eminent flooding during construction. This plan will address emergency actions to be implemented during above normal river stages for two specific construction areas: a. ‘Bents constructed within the footprint of the levee (Bents 4, 5, 30, 31 and 32) b. Bents constructed within the floodplain itself (Bents 6 through 28) 2. Approval of the Flood Emergency Action Plan must be obtained in writing prior to the start of construction. The plan will address, in detail, steps to be taken by the Contractor to include, but not be limited to the following: a. Quantities and locations of stockpiles of suitable impervious material for backfiling excavations. Stockpile quantities shall exceed the volume of all open excavations, including piers, by a factor of two (2). b. Procedures and equipment to be utilized for backfilling operations. ¢. Timeframesiriver stages for implementing specific emergency actions. d. Name and phone number of Contractor's point of contact (and AT LEAST one alternate) for emergency actions. 3. The decision to commence emergency actions will be made by the City of Dallas Flood Control District (FCD). In making its decision, the FCD will take into consideration data from the National Weather Service and River Forecast Center, as ‘well as.localized flood fighting activities that may be scheduled or ongoing. Upon notification from the FCD, the Contractor's Emergency Action Point of Contact (or Alternate) shall be responsible for insuring that emergency actions are implemented as directed by the FCD. 4. For bents located within the levee footprint, backfill shall be placed and removed when the river stage is at the elevations indicated in the following chart, or as directed by the FCD: . RIVER STAGE ELEVATION PLACE BACKFILL VE ILL BENT# (when fiver sat this ‘(when river is at this ‘slevation) ‘levation) 4 428 or higher 420 5 405 400 30 403 398 3 428 or higher 420 32 428 or higher 420 Note: For construction within the footprint of the levee, each pier shall be complete before another pier can be started. A pier is considered complete only after it has been drilled to the required depth, with reinforcing steel installed and concrete placed over the full depth of the excavation. GEOTECHNICAL Comments Page 2 of 3