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Upper Kirby Update 

October 26, 2012  

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

Richmond construction continues in full gear with several pertinent milestones achieved this week.

The final remaining piece of concrete at the Kirby/Richmond junction box has been poured and it is expected that cure time will make it possible to open the intersection and main lanes to full access as early as Monday afternoon, Tuesday at the latest. This eastern end of the project will be restored to full lane capacity from Kirby to the first median opening east of Wakeforest. At that opening, traffic will again split to transverse around the construction zone where the Wakeforest junction box is being constructed.

As inlet work remains at Lake Street, the median opening at Lake and Richmond will remain closed to through traffic until the inlet lead running from the new storm sewer on the north side of Richmond to Lake Street on the southern side of Richmond is completed. Crews will use one eastbound lane at a time on Richmond during off peak hours to construct the inlet lead. Impacts to Richmond traffic will be minimal.

The Wakeforest junction box construction has also made significant strides this week. The base and walls have been constructed and the lid is scheduled to be set mid-week next week. Once the lid has been set, pavement restoration activities can begin.

On the western end of the project, inlet lead work on the northeast corner of Richmond and Buffalo Speedway has been scheduled for Monday. Once this inlet work is complete pavement can be restored here as well and the intersection can reopen to full access and uninhibited movements. The current plan is to have all main lanes on Richmond between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway completely restored to traffic by November 5. 

The Norfolk/Eastside intersection was poured this week as well and all City chlorination reports have been received without issue. The street will be restored to access next week, however, some brick work at the cul-de-sac and one water line connection remain before final restoration is complete.

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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