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Upper Kirby Update 

April 26, 2013  

Upper Kirby Construction
Westheimer Utility Contractor Selected
Westheimer Reconstruction East
Project Boundaries



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements Project: 


The Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority received bids this week for the construction of underground utility duct banks between Shepherd Drive and Kirby Drive. The District intends to award the contract for this work to the low bidder, Texas Sterling Construction, the same company who undertook similar work on Kirby Drive. The contract amount for the utility relocation is just over $3.14 million and work is expected to begin early next month.


This first phase of what will eventually be a complete roadway reconstruction will entail overhead utility burial, a process that will be comprised of approximately four to five months of duct bank construction followed by relocation and reconnection activities undertaken by CenterPoint Energy and associated telecommunications providers. The duration of this connection phase is ultimately up to the utility companies, however, this phase will have little to no impact on traffic. While the various utility companies work to reconnect the eastern half of Westheimer, TIRZ 19 will work to begin duct bank construction between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.   


Once the utilities have been removed and the lines brought underground east of Kirby, Upper Kirby will move forward with drainage and underground infrastructure improvements followed by complete repaving of the roadway. The project will also entail the installation of a pedestrian-oriented streetscape similar to the treatment provided on the recent Kirby Drive and Buffalo Speedway projects. Roadway reconstruction is anticipated to begin in January 2014 and last approximately 10 months.


For more information on Upper Kirby construction and related activities, please contact Travis Younkin at 713.524.8000 or travis@upperkirby.org. 


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