Upper Kirby Update
August 31, 2012
|Richmond Drainage Improvements: Audley Drainage Lateral to be Completed Next Week |
Work this week on Richmond has shifted west of Eastside with the installation of the remainder of the new 72-inch storm drain. Traffic control was moved this past week opening up the Eastside intersection and laying out a construction zone between Eastside and Buffalo Speedway.
Motorists are navigating this area in much the same manner as is the case on the eastern portion of the project. Two lanes are open eastbound side-by-side and two are open eastbound with the southernmost of the two splitting south of the median around the construction zone.
While the main storm drain east of Eastside Street is complete, workers are still impacting the area with built-in-place construction of the large junction boxes at Kirby and Wakeforest. Walls for the Kirby junction box are scheduled to be poured on September 5 and the top set shortly after. The box will have to cure for approximately one week prior to back-filling and restoring for normal traffic. Work on the Wakeforest junction box will continue as the Kirby junction area is being restored with the goal of opening the entire eastern portion of the construction area by the end of September.
Lateral work on Audley is expected to be completed next week at which point pavement restoration preparation will begin. At this pace, Audley could be completely restored by the week of September 21.
Water line chlorination at Norfolk west of Eastside has delayed progress on this section. Crews expect to begin pavement preparation in the next two weeks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.