|Kirby Drive Pushes Forward
Buffalo Speedway Water and Storm Work to Begin
| Over the past week crews have continued to make progress on the east side of Kirby Drive and have been assembling crews and equipment to begin water, storm and paving work on Buffalo Speedway. |
Kirby Drive Construction
Construction activity continues in the coming week along the east side of the road pushing traffic to the west. Five lanes are now open from 59 to Richmond (two lanes north, two lanes south and a continuous left-turn lane).
Over the past week, the focus has been substantial water line improvements at the Richmond/Kirby intersection on the west side of the intersection. Crews have been doing this work overnight so as to minimize traffic disruption. It is anticipated that water line work at this intersection will be completed within the next few days.
Work on the Portsmouth/Kirby storm inlet leads also began Thursday causing disruption to Portsmouth access but is on track to be completed early this morning and will be open for the weekend. Storm inlet work will then begin at the Algerian/Kirby intersection and should also be completed prior to the weekend. During this phase vehicular access to Algerian will be controlled using flagmen. Motorists with Algerian Way destinations today should consider using Lomitas Street access off of the 59 feeder road just east of the Kirby/59 intersection.
Concrete crews will follow behind the inlet work at Portsmouth next week to remove, frame and replace the intersection pavement on Kirby crossing Portsmouth. This process will necessitate closure of Portsmouth vehicular access to and from Kirby and is scheduled for Monday through Thursday of next week. Motorists needing to access Portsmouth destinations between Kirby and Park will need to either use Park access from Richmond, or Norfolk access from Kirby.
Work at the 59/Kirby intersection will continue over the weekend impacting the northern feeder road heading west (59 south). The northern most (or right) two lanes will be closed from late Friday night through Sunday and will reopen to full access for the work week next week. The following weekend (September 16th, 17th and 18), similar work will impact the southern half of the feeder road closing the inside two lanes Friday night through Sunday.
Buffalo Speedway Construction 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 have begun assembling equipment on site. The first order of business once they reconvene will be water line installation and storm sewer work. Water line work is currently scheduled to begin Tuesday. Storm sewer lines will be installed as well and will impact traffic lanes in both directions. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.