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Upper Kirby Update 

November 9, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements:   Looking to Open all Richmond Lanes the Week of the 19th  
120 Ton Crane Sets the lid on the Wakeforest Junction Box


The coming two weeks on Richmond Avenue will be busy ones as the contractor works towards having all lanes on Richmond open the week of November 19th.

Crews were able to complete several concrete placements along the project this week. The first pour on Audley north of Richmond occurred leaving the run between Colquitt and West Main and the northwest corner at Jack In The Box to be placed next week.

Half of Lake street on the north side of Richmond was also poured this week. Constructing in halves has allowed for access to continue during construction. The remaining half will be poured next week completing the intersection on the north side of Richmond.

One small remaining section of Norfolk was also completed this week. It was the final piece left open for a waterline connection. The street is now accessible to traffic and curbside parking. Brick restoration at the cul-de-sac still remains. A unique paver is used in the cul-de-sac that is not readily available and is currently being produced to fill the order.

Scheduled for next week will be the two most significant restorations left in the project, the junction box restoration at Wakeforest and a section of pavement remaining just west of the Buffalo Speedway/Richmond intersection. Water line work at Virginia was completed this week and will also be poured next week.

At Wakeforest, some remaining underground work prevented the pour from occurring this week as planned. Concrete is now scheduled for next week and should be cured to a point that it will support traffic the week of the 19th.

Inlet work at the northeast corner of Buffalo Speedway and Richmond took place this week allowing concrete placement to be scheduled for next week as well. Once cured, the intersection and roadway will also be restored to full access the week of the 19th.

Also scheduled to begin next week is waterline replacement and some inlet work at the Eastside/Richmond intersection. The waterline will cross Eastside south of Richmond and should take approximately a week to complete. Concrete preparation and placement will follow shortly behind.

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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