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Upper Kirby Update 

October 5, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements:   Positive Changes to Traffic Control Coming This Week      
Junction Box Construction on Richmond


Expect some positive traffic control changes over the next two weeks on Richmond Avenue. Workers have been progressing quickly in an effort to restore Richmond following the recent completion of new storm sewer installation from Kirby to Buffalo Speedway.

In the last construction update, the plan was to pour concrete west of Eastside past Audley on October 9 in an effort to reopen the Audley intersection a week later. Crews were, in fact, able to pour 300-400 feet of concrete west of Eastside last Tuesday and will aim to open the Audley intersection early at the beginning of next week. The remainder of Richmond west of Eastside has been prepped for concrete and is scheduled to be poured on October 12th.

On the east side of the project area, crews have back-filled and prepped the Kirby junction box area for concrete just west of the Kirby intersection. This section is scheduled to be poured on Monday and could be reopened all the way to just east of Wakeforest by the end of next week. Restoring lanes at the Kirby intersection will result in a huge improvement in traffic conditions on Richmond.

The north side of Norfolk west of Eastside has been poured and the south lanes are now ready for concrete as well. This area will be poured next week and should allow full access to be restored to Norfolk by early the following week.

Work on the Wakeforest junction box connecting the new storm system on Richmond to the Wakeforest storm sewer will be ongoing over the next several weeks as well as work on storm inlet leads at intersecting side streets throughout the project area. Look for further updates on this work as the project progresses.

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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