Crews are busy today finishing up some final touches and securing any necessary traffic control before a brief holiday break.
No work will take place over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Years Eve and New Years Day, however, workers will be out accomplishing small tasks between the 26th and 30th of December. The primary focus during this time will be minor curb restoration, forming for new curb and back-filling behind newly installed curb sections. There will be no real traffic impact during this time.
Late this week, crews were able to pour both the Lake/Richmond median opening as well as the Audley/Colquitt intersection. These areas will cure over the break and will be ready to open back up late next week.
Pavement is still 50 percent complete on the north side of the intersections of Virginia and Eastside. Crews had hoped to pour the remaining halves of these intersections this week, but it appears that maintenance of two-way traffic during the pour is going to require the task be split into several pours and it was thought best to hold off on that work until the first week of January to minimize disruption. Eastside south of Richmond is still awaiting City chlorination reports before final water connections can be made and the pavement restored. This work will likely take place shortly after the holiday break.
Storm sewer and waterline work at Audley south of Richmond is now complete with the exception of a manhole installation that will wait until after the holidays. Once complete, this area can be framed and poured. Temporary material has been placed here and there will be no impact to access over the break.
Final tasks remaining to be completed after January 2 include: pavement restoration at the north side of Richmond and Eastside and at the north side of Richmond and at Virginia, manhole installation and pavement placement at the south side of Audley and Richmond, waterline connections at several locations (will not delay pavement placement), and pavement restoration at the south side of Eastside and Richmond. Crews will then overlay the entire north side of Richmond from Kirby to Buffalo Speedway to achieve substantial completion of the project. The hope is to have all remaining work complete by the end of January.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, originally planned to bid in December will wait to bid until after the first of the year. Construction will most likely begin in February. Please look for further detail on the timing and implementation of this project as plans are finalized.