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Upper Kirby Update 

July 9, 2013  

Upper Kirby Construction
Traffic Control up Between Kirby and Argonne
Westheimer Reconstruction East
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Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements Project: 


Traffic control is finally in place on Westheimer between Kirby and Argonne following a month-long delay due to permitting issues. Now that all City concerns have been addressed, construction on the 4-month long utility relocation phase of the Westheimer Drainage and Streetscape Improvements Project can move forward.



Motorists should expect to be narrowed down to one lane eastbound from Kirby to Argonne as crews remove the small section of center median and replace with temporary asphalt. The removal of this median will allow traffic control to transition to the south side of the street and around the duct bank construction on the north side of Westheimer between Argonne and Shepherd. Crews will only construct in 800-foot sections opening the roadway back up to traffic as they proceed east. Once work is complete on the north side of the roadway, crews will return to construct the final piece of duct bank on the south side of Westheimer between Kirby and Argonne.

Please look for further updates next week as sequencing details are finalized.


Once the underground duct banks are constructed, the roadway will be temporarily paved and striped allowing full vehicular access while CenterPoint and the telecommunications companies reconnect services underground. The duration of this reconnection work will be up to the utility providers though 45 to 90 days is typical.


While the various utility companies work to reconnect the eastern half of Westheimer, the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority (UKRA) will aim to begin duct bank construction between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway. The UKRA expects to bid this western section of Westheimer later this summer.   


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 or for construction related issues or concerns, please contact Travis Younkin at 713.524.8000 or travis@upperkirby.org. 


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