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Upper Kirby Construction Update
Kirby Drive Completion Celebration
Security Patrol Update
Community Resources
The Holidays on Kirby Drive

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Upper Kirby Update

December 23, 2011 

Buffalo Speedway
Main Lanes Paved - Crews Prep for Break
Crews Pour the New Roadway  

Buffalo Speedway Construction

Pavement installation continued on Buffalo Speedway this past week moving from Bissonnet north to 59. The main lanes along Buffalo Speedway were completed late Tuesday night and finished the week cleaning up and preparing for the holiday break.

Construction will resume the first week of January with pavement work at the intersections of Bissonnet and Westpark (east side of the street) and driveway installations. Curb and sidewalk work will finish out the east side work in January. Shortly after, crews will shift traffic control and construction activity to the west side of Buffalo Speedway to begin demolition and pavement work there. 

For any construction related emergencies, please contact the project superintendent at 713-373-2810. Please reserve use of this number for emergencies that can not wait until the first week of January.

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.
Property Owners-Elected Officials
Celebrate Kirby Drive Completiion

Kirby area property and business owners joined elected officials, Upper Kirby District board members and Houston area management district leaders Thursday, December 15 at the iconic 2727 Kirby Drive high rise development to ring in the holiday season and celebrate the completion of KirbyDrive construction from US 59 to Westheimer. 
Upper Kirby Board Chairs and President Recognize Council Member Anne Clutterbuck. L to R: TIRZ 19 Chair, Buddy Bailey, Upper Kirby President, Jamie Brewster; District C Council Member, Anne Clutterbuck, HCID 3 Chair, Rob Axelson


The first phase of Kirby Drive construction through the Upper Kirby District began in 2008 with the complete reconstruction of

the roadway between Richmond and Westheimer and continued in 2010 with the segment between Richmond and US 59. This second phase was completed just last month.  


The two projects combined to upgrade all storm, water and sanitary infrastructure, repave the roadway, bury all overhead utility lines and install a complete pedestrian-oriented streetscape along nearly five-thousand linear feet of Kirby Drive. The project was made possible through funding participation by the Upper Kirby Management District, the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, the Federal Transit Administration and the City of Houston.


Also announced was a public/private initiative to bring an iconic piece of public art to Kirby Drive. World renowned artist and Houston native, James Surls has been selected to create the piece. The evening concluded with a special thank you to District C Council Member, Anne Clutterbuck for her integral role in making the street project a reality.


For information on how to get involved with Upper Kirby public art endeavors or for questions about area construction, contact 713.524.8000.

Upper Kirby Expands Security Services

The Upper Kirby District will be expanding it's security patrol services in 2012 using off-duty HPD, Metro Police and Texas State Troopers contracted through Houston Metro Coordinators Inc. This contract will still utilize three officers-per-day as was the case with the Constable Patrol, however, will expand services beyond what was available through Harris County by offering the following improvements:

  • 24/7 coverage
  • 100% of officer's time spent within the Upper Kirby contract boundaries
  • Upper Kirby identified police vehicles
  • Direct contact to HPD dispatch and processing systems to allow for seamless coordination with regular HPD patrols
  • Direct contact to the officer on-duty via a District supplied cell phone

Security services are provided to commercial properties by the Upper Kirby Management District and are available by subscription to Upper Kirby single-family residents and Home Owner's Associations.  


For more information on the expanded security services or to subscribe to the patrol, call 713.524.8000. 

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