Following earlier successful efforts to increase flood protection in the lower and downtown portions of the Guadalupe River, the water disrtict is now working on the Upper Guadalupe River Project. When complete, these projects will ultimately provide flood protection along a 5.7 mile stretch of the river, from Highway 280 to Blossom Hill Road, protecting 7,500 homes from a 100-year flood event.
A partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2019, pending available federal funds. Lack of federal funding has been a challenge and we continue to work with our elected officials to get the much-needed dollars.
In May 2010, the district began construction of the Reach 6 section of the Upper Guadalupe River Flood Protection Project. Reach 6 extends from I-280 to the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) crossing just downstream of Willow Street in San Jose.
Main components of Reach 6 include widening of the channel to improve flood conveyance capacity, and extending the West Virginia Street Bridge to accommodate the widened channel. In March 2011, the district re-opened the West Virginia Street Bridge, which was closed for eight months to allow for the bridge extension.
Photo: Widening the floodplain in the Guadalupe River