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Upper Kirby Update 

January 3, 2013  

Upper Kirby Construction
Shepherd / Westheimer Corner Cleared
Final Section Underway  
Duct Installation



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements Project: 


Crews working on the Westheimer utility relocation project have cleared the Shepherd / Westheimer corner and have shifted traffic control west to the final run between Kirby and Argonne.



For the next several weeks, workers will be laying the final stretch of underground ducts on the south side of Westheimer. There are also seven more crossings north to south crossings that need to take place, four of which are within the existing traffic control between Kirby and Argonne and three that will be installed across the eastbound lanes during off peak hours.


Westheimer West of Kirby

The effort to continue moving west with utility infrastructure will begin early in 2014. Upper Kirby will be bidding the utility relocation project between Kirby and Shepherd in January with the goal of beginning construction in February. Sequencing and schedule will be confirmed with the winning contractor so look for updates over the next month.


Upon completion of the utility duct bank construction,  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 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 around the spring 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.   

Surls on Kirby 
Tree and Three Flowers Coming in 2014
James Surls' Tree & Three Flowers

Surls on Kirby  


The Upper Kirby District Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is coordinating a monumental public art installation that will place an original James Surls sculpture entitled, Tree & Three Flowers in the Kirby Drive median just south of Westheimer Road. 


Seen by over 50,000 cars per day, this sculpture will immediately become one of Houston's most visible and iconic art installations ever.


Tree &Three Flowers is a 30-foot tall steel and bronze sculpture that is intended to signify growth and potential, to act as a magnet for tourism and commercial patronage, to inspire citizen's creativity and to add dramatically to the community's sense of place. It is intended to be a collaboration of the community taking ownership in its cultural and civic identity and relaying that identity on a local, national and international level to the residents, business owners, patrons and visitors that pass by every day.


Just minutes from Houston's museum district and just blocks from Gallery Row on Colquitt, the Tree & Three Flowers sculpture echoes loudly the love of art and culture that has long been part of the Houston landscape.


The Surls on Kirby is a 50/50 public private partnership leveraging TIRZ and Management District participation as well as private donations to make this project a reality.


Become a part of the strong cultural tradition in Houston and help us relay that message to the rest of the world.


Donate Now.



For more information on this installation, contact 713.524.8000 or travis@upperkirby.org.   
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