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Upper Kirby Update

February 24, 2012  

Richmond Storm Drainage Improvement Project    
Traffic Plan Being Refined   
Richmond Drainage Construction Area  
Richmond Avenue Construction

Richmond drainage work has taken a brief pause prior to construction to allow Upper Kirby and the City of Houston to reevaluate the traffic control plan. Over the next few days staff will hope to further refine traffic control and sequencing in the hopes of reducing the impact of construction on both movement and access.

Further updates will be issued once plans have been finalized.

This project is one of two remaining large lateral drainage lines that empties into the newly improved Kirby Drive storm system. Work on this project will entail the installation of a 72" storm line along the north side of Richmond Avenue from Kirby to Buffalo Speedway. New lateral lines will also be constructed on Eastside and Audley along with new inlets and inlet leads.

As schedules for Metro's proposed University Line light rail installation along this section of roadway are still uncertain and light rail construction would necessitate the reconstruction of the roadway, the pavement will not be reconstructed as part of this project. Contractors will excavate what is necessary to improve the drainage system on the north side of the street and will restore that area once complete. The esplanades and back of curb areas will not be impacted within the scope of this project.

Project duration is estimated to take 270 calendar days.

Buffalo Speedway Construction
Crews Prep for Intersection Paving at Bissonnet
Crews have made significant paving progress over the last week and anticipate more of the same over the coming week.

Last week City sanitary issues traced back to this construction zone from the south did cause some minor setbacks as crews allowed the City to inspect and clean out lines along the curbside lane on the west side of Buffalo Speedway. Cleaning and inspection of the line is now complete and the contractor is pushing forward to complete the all lane paving next month. Traffic should be restored to pre-construction lanes and capacity at that time though there will be sidewalk and streetscape work left to complete behind the curb.

Over the coming week, crews will work on pavement throughout the construction zone with a focus on expediting lanes at the 59 interchange in order to open up additional lane capacity as early as possible at that location.

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.

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