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Upper Kirby Update 

November 21, 2012  

Richmond Drainage Improvements:   Pavement Work on Richmond Postponed Until After Thanksgiving
Junction Box Lid Installation - Wakeforest 

In last week's update it was expected that crews would be pouring concrete this week at Wakeforest, however, the contractor opted to postpone the pour until after the Thanksgiving break.

Due to the short week, it was felt that more could be accomplished on other areas of the project as cure time would still have left the lanes obstructed over the holiday. Concrete placement should take place next week allowing for the lanes to be opened up on Richmond Avenue early the following week.

Work over the past several days instead focused on waterline work at Audley and Lake Street and storm inlet work at Eastside south of Richmond. With the waterline work finishing up this week at Audley and Lake, storm inlet work will be ready to begin next week followed shortly behind by pavement preparation and restoration work at all three locations. During work hours, crews will use flagmen to get traffic around the construction area and during peak traffic hours, the areas will be plated for full traffic access.

Pavement placement has been scheduled for later this afternoon at several locations throughout the project area. Several inlet locations, sidewalks and ramps at Norfolk and Eastside and the north side of the Eastside/Richmond intersection will all be placed later today.

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.

Westheimer Drainage Improvements and Streetscape Installation

Design is now nearly complete on the Westheimer Paving, Drainage and Streetscape Improvements Project between Shepherd and Buffalo Speedway. This is the final piece of storm drainage work needed to complete the Kirby system.

Work on Westheimer will follow the scope of the Kirby Drive reconstruction project fairly closely. It will entail the burial of all overhead utility lines; new storm drainage, water and sanitary facilities; complete roadway repaving and the installation of a full pedestrian-oriented streetscape that will include pedestrian lighting and furniture, street tree installation and irrigation, brick paved crosswalks, widened sidewalks and upgraded traffic signal and streetlight standards.

The project will be implemented in two sections, the eastern phase will extend from Shepherd to Kirby Drive and the western phase will continue from Kirby to Buffalo Speedway. Each of these phases will be split into a utility relocation phase followed by a roadway, infrastructure and streetscape phase.

The project will likely begin at Shepherd where the contractor will be responsible for constructing the underground duct-banks that will house the existing overhead wires in the future. The contractor will then asphalt over the work area, re-stripe the roadway and remove all traffic control and equipment.

We will close out the contract at this point to avoid disruption to the traveling public and to the local businesses and property owners while we wait for Center Point and all telecommunication companies to transfer services to the new underground facilities and remove the wooden utility poles. Because the length of this process is uncertain, we have planned the project to pause and restore the roadway completely while the utility companies are completing their work. Once the terminal poles have been removed by Center Point, we will bid the roadway phase of the project and begin the reconstruction.

The first utility phase is planned to be bid in December to begin construction in January. Please look for further detail on the timing and implementation of this project as plans are finalized.

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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