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Upper Kirby Update 

October 19, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements:   Lane Openings Delayed - Now Back on Track       

Several snags last week pushed scheduled work back a few days. Crews have reworked some sequences to get back on track this week.

Concrete was placed west of Audley to Buffalo Speedway last week as planned, however, as two through lanes are required to remain open through the intersection, inlet lead work will prevent restoring regular turning movements as previously planned. Inlet work here will begin next week with the goal of completing and opening this remaining stretch by the end of the month.

A delay in traffic signal timing adjustment at Kirby and Richmond has also impacted progress somewhat. The contractor initially planned on having the remaining northernmost lane paved this week just west of the intersection allowing traffic control to be removed to just east of Wakeforest. This work has been rescheduled for this Saturday meaning the traffic control should be removed by mid week next week.

New inlet construction, however, still remains at Lake Street to connect the new storm sewer to the inlets on the south side of Richmond. The Lake Street median cut will remain closed until this inlet work is complete. Crews will use one eastbound lane at a time on Richmond during off peak hours working from the new storm line to the south side of Richmond to construct the inlet lead. Impacts to Richmond traffic will be minimal.

Crews have opted to put off restoration work on the Audley lateral line extending north of Richmond in lieu of expediting activities on Richmond that will get main lanes open sooner. Stay posted for updates as this work is scheduled.

Norfolk west of Eastside has now been poured save for some small areas where water line connections still remain to be made. The leave-outs are a result of pending chlorination reports still not received from the City. Restoration here will likely occur late next week as reports were not received last week as expected.

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.

Buffalo Speedway

Following the completion of construction on Buffalo Speedway, a significant water line leak was identified at the northwest area of the intersection. The leak required pavement to be removed in order to fix the issue. Restoration of this work is scheduled to begin tonight and will extend through early Monday morning. The pavement will be removed and replaced, not patched, and temporary material will be used to fill in the brick crosswalk until brick installation is scheduled. Brick restoration will be scheduled during off-peak hours some time next week.

This work will impact both east/west traffic on Bissonnet and north/south traffic on Buffalo Speedway narrowing through traffic down to one lane around the short construction area.
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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