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Upper Kirby Update 

June 29, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements: Concrete Work to Begin at Kirby 

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

Storm installation is moving at a very fast pace. Placement of the new 6'X6' line has reached the Eastside intersection. While the junction box at Wakeforest has yet to be placed, the majority of the line between Kirby and Eastside is now in the ground.

Acquiring concrete, however, has been somewhat of a moving target as a great strain has been put on availability since work on the Grand Parkway between I 10 and 290 began. The first pour on Richmond extending some 550 feet west of Kirby is scheduled to occur later today. This stretch should take approximately three days to cure. The hope is to have traffic on the new pavement and the traffic control pushed west before the 4th of July.

Until that point, traffic along this stretch will remain unchanged. 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. This configuration will be the standard as the project progresses west toward Buffalo Speedway.

Work on Eastside south of Richmond has focused primarily around concrete preparation this past week and will continue along that path next week. As Richmond work continues and crosses Eastside, the intersection will remain impacted. The Eastside intersection will not be available for north/south through traffic and 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.  


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.

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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