Upper Kirby District Street Talk
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Upper Kirby Construction Update
Looscan Library Closed for Renovation
Houston Green Office Challenge
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September in the Upper Kirby District

Upper Kirby Construction
Buffalo Speedway Utility Work Complete  Roadway Repaving to Push Forward in September
July Construction 2 The past month has been incredibly active on Kirby Drive between Richmond and US 59. September will bring much of the same.

Kirby Drive Construction
Over the past week crews on Kirby Drive have been able to complete the center of the roadway and shift focus to the east side of the street. Traffic on this section of Kirby is now open to 5 lanes (two in either direction and a center turn lane) operating on the new pavement on the west side of the roadway. Southbound motorists on Kirby no longer have a right-turn-only lane to contend with as they approach the Richmond intersection. The transition from three lanes to two lanes now occurs via a left-turn-only inside lane just north of Richmond allowing the right two lanes to continue straight through the intersection.

Work on the east side of Kirby over the coming week will focus on storm inlet installation at Algerian and Portsmouth and pavement demolition activity. During this phase, impact to crossings and turning movements will be minimal, however, the intersection inlet work at Algerian and Portsmouth will require the use of flagmen to safely maintain ingress and egress onto those streets. Roadway framing and concrete pours will follow shortly after.

Work will also continue on Richmond Avenue east of Kirby as crews restore the median and roadway sections impacted by recent storm sewer lateral installation. The new line crosses Richmond from north to south just east of Kirby and runs east to Revere and then south to Norfolk where it feeds directly into the Kirby system. As crews work to repave this area, motorists on Richmond should expect lane closures both eastbound and westbound over the next week or two as work moves across the roadway.

Similar impacts can be expected on the west side of the Kirby/Richmond intersection as new water line work is completed. This activity will also impact east and westbound traffic, however, lane closures will be confined for the most part to off peak hours during the day.

Work on the 59 frontage road and underpass will also continue in the month of September primarily along the northbound lanes. The first major impact to traffic in this area is expected to take place the weekend of September 9. Crews anticipate working on the northeast corner of the 59/Kirby interchange over that weekend. Motorists moving westbound along the north frontage road should expect lane closures adjacent to the northeast corner of the intersection (northern most lanes). Similarly, the right lane for northbound traffic on Kirby will also experience lane closures at this corner over that weekend. Watch for construction updates next week with further details on the scheduled activity over the weekend of September 9th.

Buffalo Speedway Construction  can be compared to Kirby Drive construction in the scope of improvements and the phasing of implementation. Buffalo Speedway is, however, one step behind in the process.

Crews completed primary underground duct bank construction at the end of April as per the original schedule, however, were put on hold for several weeks while waiting on necessary CenterPoint gas relocations and overhead terminal pole installations and are currently a month behind schedule.

Over the past several months, utility companies have been working to transfer services to the newly constructed underground ducts and are now complete.

Roadway crews were given the go-ahead to re-mobilize on August 29 and should begin assembling crews and equipment on site next week. The first order of business once they reconvene will be water line installations and roadway excavation. Storm sewer lanes are being installed as well and will impact traffic lanes. This work will take place overnight and will utilize flagmen to direct traffic.

Look for weekly updates as this project progresses.

For more information on Upper Kirby construction projects and for issues and concerns as construction progresses, contact Travis Younkin at 713-524-8000 or email travis@upperkirby.org.

Looscan Neighborhood Library Closed for Renovation  

The Houston Public Library Looscan Neighborhood Library will be undergoing renovations beginning Saturday, August 27, 2011. The Library will close to the public at the end of business on Friday, August 26, 2011 and remain closed for up to 120 days. The Looscan Neighborhood Library is located at 2510 Willowick, Houston 77027, 832.393.1900.

Beginning Tuesday, August 30, 2011, customers are invited to visit the following neighborhood libraries closest to the Looscan Neighborhood Library for general customer services and programs:

Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Westheimer, Houston 77057, 832.393.1860
Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Thursday noon-8 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library
4100 Montrose, Houston 77006, 832.393.1800
Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Thursday noon -8 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Green Office Education 

For Property Managers AND TENANTS!  

You don't want to miss this!


Green Office Challenge Education

Focus Series Installment #5


We are halfway through the Green Office Challenge year and Greenway Plaza, Upper Kirby and Uptown Houston is gearing up for the fifth Houston Green Office Challenge training workshop.  


The next topic, titled Sustainable Transportation, is being presented by METRO and NRG on Monday, September 19 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Upper Kirby District Center (3015 Richmond Ave. 77098).


Attendees will learn about the current state of electric car technology and the efforts for future growth as well as strategic efforts to starting a workplace charging program. The workshop will also focus on the best options to getting to and from work using public transportation.

For more information, call Linda Gilliam at 713-524-8000 or email linda@upperkirby.org.

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