Upper Kirby Update
September 14, 2012
|Richmond Drainage Improvements: Kirby Junction Box Nearing Completion |
Construction this week on Richmond Avenue will continue to push west, extending the construction area from the first median break east of Buffalo Speedway all the way to the intersection. This will impact westbound left-turn movement onto Buffalo Speedway as the traffic control will occupy the existing left turn bay.
Westbound motorists with destinations on the south side of Richmond between Eastside and Buffalo Speedway will need to u-turn to access those destinations from the east. Crews are accelerating work that will allow for a safe median opening around Audley to provide easier access to businesses on the south side of Richmond. They have advised that it will take several weeks to provide that opening so please make an effort to support these businesses during the next several weeks.
As this western half of the project is being constructed, work east of Eastside is now close to being restored to normal traffic for the majority of the space between Kirby and Wakeforest. Pavement was poured Thursday along the main lanes roughly between Lake and Eastside leaving only the junction boxes at Kirby and Wakeforest as obstructions to full traffic access. The walls and the lid for the box at Kirby were completed late this week. They will take about a week to cure at which point the pavement restoration can take place.
Work on Norfolk west of Eastside is scheduled to begin pavement preparation Monday. Crews expect to begin pouring concrete here the following week.
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.