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Upper Kirby Update 

June 22, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements: Concrete Prep Begins Alongside Storm Installation  

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Crews continued to move west of Kirby this week  improving the drainage capacity along Richmond Avenue.

The Richmond Drainage Improvement Project between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway is one of two remaining systems still needing upgrades that feeds into the recently updated Kirby storm system and moves water south to Braes Bayou. The project will entail the installation of a new 6-foot storm drain to provide additional underground capacity and upgraded lateral systems and inlets on Eastside and Audley all aimed at addressing the serious flooding issues this stretch of Richmond is known to experience.

Having completed storm installation on the first run west of Kirby on Richmond, crews began back-filling and prepping for concrete. Traffic along this stretch will remain unchanged over the next several weeks as concrete work is completed. Two lanes eastbound will be maintained along the southernmost side of Richmond. Two lanes will also be maintained westbound, but will split around the construction area and center median. The left lane westbound will be transitioned to the south side of the median and the right lane will be maintained along the northern curb line.

The first piece of the Eastside lateral south of Kirby has been installed and work next week will also focus on concrete preparation work. Lateral work on a short run of Norfolk that feeds into Eastside will be ongoing next week at well.

Around the intersection of Eastside and Richmond, much progress was made this week on the installation of the junction box that will tie the two lines together. This work will also continue through next week. Traffic will be shifted at this intersection much the same as it has been just west of Kirby to straddle the construction area. Here, however, the Eastside intersection will not be available for north/south through traffic. Motorists on Eastside north and southbound will be forced to turn right or left at Richmond. Left turn movements from Richmond onto Eastside will continue to be unavailable next week as well.

The contractor also anticipates minor water line adjustments along Norfolk, Eastside and Richmond as necessary. Any temporary service disruptions will be coordinated with customers as needed.

Lateral line work will also take place on Audley north of Richmond as this project progresses. Notifications will be issued as further lateral work is scheduled. During all lateral work on Eastside and Audley, there will be just enough room for two-way traffic to pass. Please be sure to stay to the right as you pass the construction area to allow motorists traveling opposite you to proceed. Also be aware that no on-street parking will be permitted through the construction zone. Flagmen will assist in moving motorists safely through the construction area in these confined spaces.

Please be on the lookout for further updates as work 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.

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