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Upper Kirby Update 

November 2, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements:   Kirby/Richmond Intersection Now Clear        
120 Ton Crane Sets the lid on the Wakeforest Junction Box


Concrete poured late last week at the Richmond Kirby intersection allowed traffic control to shift west of Kirby late Monday afternoon as scheduled. Richmond is now open to full lane capacity through the Kirby intersection west nearly to Wakeforest.

Storm inlet work at Lake still remains, however, so the Lake Street median opening will remain closed pending completion of that work. The priority at this point is to restore impacted lanes to full access both on and off Richmond. Crews will come back to complete inlet leads and connections once main-lane access is restored at Lake and other intersecting side streets.

The Wakeforest junction box is the last obstacle to full restoration of lane capacity east of Eastside Street. The lid was set last week completing the box and the site was back-filled. Crews will work over the next several days to prep that area for concrete in hopes of pouring early next week. Concrete availability has been the main difficulty in targeting restoration dates for this project as several scheduled pours have been canceled by the concrete delivery company.

That said, current scheduled pours on Richmond next week as of today are:

Monday, November 5th- Pour Audley Street north of  Richmond and the Wakeforest junction box area  on Richmond crossing Wakeforest.

Thursday, November 8th- Pour small patch on Norfolk to complete the pavement west of Eastside.

Both sections will be restored to traffic early the following week if not sooner.

On the western end of the project, inlet lead work was delayed due to an engineering inquiry on the placement of the inlet. This has put a hold on restoration of the westernmost section of the project at the Buffalo Speedway intersection. Once this inlet work is complete pavement can be restored here as well and the intersection can reopen to full access and uninhibited movements. Look for further updates as details here are finalized later in the week. 

The Norfolk/Eastside intersection pour has cured and all City chlorination reports have been received without issue. The remaining section of roadway that was awaiting water line connection work is now ready for concrete. The street was supposed to be restored to access this  week, however, concrete was not available this week and has been scheduled for next week. Some brick work at the cul-de-sac remains before final restoration is complete, however, this work will not inhibit the reopening of the street to area residents next 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 travis@upperkirby.org.
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