Upper Kirby Update
August 16, 2013
|Upper Kirby Construction
Work Continues Between Argonne and Dickey
|Westheimer Reconstruction East |
Paving, Drainage and Streetscape Improvements Project:
More of the same this week on Westheimer between Argonne and Dickey as crews continue installation of a Center Point electrical duct bank to run parallel to the newly installed telecommunications duct bank. This effort is the first section of work that will eventually bring overhead utility lines underground on Westheimer between Shepherd and Buffalo Speedway.
Asphalt restoration here could occur as early as next week, however, it could be early the following week before it takes place. Once asphalt has been laid across the impacted area, crews will shift to the next 1000-foot section east of Dickey Place. Traffic control will likely not change until the week after next.
Utility work between Kirby and Shepherd will last approximately four months. Over that time, installation will take place in 1000-foot sections moving east from Argonne toward Shepherd. Crews will then jump back to Kirby and construct ducts between Kirby and Argonne on the south side of Westheimer. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in either direction to get around the construction zones.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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