Upper Kirby Update
February 1, 2013
Richmond Drainage Improvements:
Westbound Restoration to be Completed Today
The westbound lanes on Richmond Avenue are likely to be asphalted in their entirety later today leaving only minor work prior to substantial completion of the project.
As expected, the Eastside/Richmond intersection was completed this week as well and is now open to unrestricted traffic access. Crews are framing sidewalk ramps and curb sections currently and will likely pour next week.
Paving over storm inlet trenching across the eastbound lanes of Richmond is also complete at Lake, Audley and Eastside all lanes have been restored to traffic, though, crossing these areas is still a bit bumpy. Crews will be asphalting these patches as well as needed left-turn bays next week.
At Audley, all underground work has been completed and the eastern half of the intersection has been framed and poured. The final half will be restored next week.
Final lane striping, cleanup and minor restoration work will be ongoing as we wrap up activity on Richmond over the next few weeks.
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. The design has met with some delay in the city review and comment phase and will likely bid in February. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .