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Upper Kirby Update 

May 11, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Work Begins     



Work began this week on the Richmond Avenue Drainage Improvements Project between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.

The project will involve the installation of a new six by six-foot storm drain between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway and associated lateral lines along Eastside and Audley. The additional capacity will be confined to the north side of Richmond and will assist in moving water from the flood-prone areas on the west side of Kirby into the newly upgraded Kirby Drive storm sewer system.

Monday and Tuesday tree and inlet protection was installed along the project area and Wednesday workers began milling down the existing pavement in preparation for future asphalt. Crews will continue scraping down the pavement over the next several days. The entire north side of Richmond will be taken down several inches so that future asphalt work will be seamless providing for a much nicer finished product.

Traffic control on Richmond will go up tonight to allow for storm sewer work to begin early next week. Two lanes immediately north of the center median will be used to complete the installation leaving two lanes open in either direction. Eastbound motorists should expect to travel along the southern two lanes while westbound motorists will be split around the construction. One westbound lane will travel immediately south of the center median and one will travel along the northern curbline of the street. Those heading westbound with destinations on their right are advised to move to the right lane prior to crossing the Kirby/Richmond intersection. Similarly, those westbound motorists with destinations on the left should stay left as they approach Kirby.

Work is also anticipated to begin this evening digging bore pits on Norfolk south of Richmond that will be used to begin installing the Eastside St. lateral line Monday. Traffic control will be implemented on Eastside and Norfolk south of Richmond that will preserve one lane of traffic in either direction, however, on street parking will not be available on Eastside or Norfolk while construction is ongoing.

Please be on the lookout for further updates as work progresses. 

Buffalo Speedway Construction

Having completed the pavement and underground infrastructure work on Buffalo Speedway between Bissonnet and US 59, crews are now working to complete landscaping and streetscape amenity installation behind the curbs.

This past week, tree grate installation began alongside continued ground-cover plantings and irrigation work. Progress was also made in running cable to serve the future pedestrian lighting standards that will be installed shortly.

In the coming week, crews will hope to complete brickwork and tree grate installation and move efforts to the east side of the street. During roadway work several modifications were made to the medians approaching Buffalo Speedway on Bissonnet. Work will begin shortly restoring those medians to their previous condition.  

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 [email protected].

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