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Upper Kirby Update 

January 10, 2013  

Upper Kirby Construction
Utility Work East of Kirby Nearing Completion
Kirby to Buffalo to Begin Next Month   



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements Project: 


Crews have begun work between Kirby and Argonne on the south side of the roadway and will look to complete the majority of that section by the end of next week.


Along with primary duct installation within this section, crews will be working to complete the final north/south duct crossings across the southern two lanes of Westheimer. The majority of these are within the traffic control area between Kirby and Argonne, but several other side-street crossings will be undertaken during off-peak hours.


Once this final section is asphalted, this phase will be closed out and the contractor will demobilize. Efforts will then focus on the next section west between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.


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 Buffalo Speedway 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 along both sections of Westheimer,  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 east of Shepherd and last approximately 10 months. Drainage improvement and roadway reconstruction between Kirby and Buffalo will immediately follow and will have a similar approximate duration. 


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.   

Chevron Houston Marathon
This Year on Kirby Drive

The morning of January 19th will bring some 25,000 runners down Kirby Drive from San Felipe to Bissonnet for the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon.

Runners of both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aaramco Half Marathon will cross miles five and six along Kirby Drive within the Upper Kirby District.

Upper Kirby marathon supporters, runners' family and friends and spectators should see the participants begin to hit Kirby Drive at San Felipe between 7:30 AM and 8:40 AM. "Hoopla stations" will be set up where spectators can gather at several areas around the intersections at Westheimer, Kipling, West Alabama and Richmond to cheer as the runners pass.   


Early risers should be aware of the following lane closures staring at 5:00 a.m.All lanes will be closed unless otherwise noted below. 


Marathon Course Closures

         Congress from Crawford to Smith

         Smith from Congress to Franklin

         Franklin from Smith to Washington (all lanes except one westbound curb lane)

         Washington from Congress to Waugh (all lanes except one westbound curb lane from Franklin to Houston, and one eastbound curb lane from Studemont to Sawyer)

         Heights/Waugh (southbound) from Washington to West Gray

         West Gray from Waugh to Shepherd

         Shepherd from West Gray to San Felipe

         San Felipe from Shepherd to Kirby

         Kirby (southbound) from San Felipe to Bissonnet

         Bissonnet from Kirby to Montrose

         Mandell (southbound) from Bissonnet to Sunset

         Sunset from Mandell to Rice Blvd.

         Rice Blvd from Sunset to Greenbriar

         Greenbriar from Rice Blvd. to University Blvd.

         University Blvd. from Greenbriar to Weslayan

         Weslayan (northbound) from University to Westpark

         Westpark from Weslayan to S. Rice Blvd. (all lanes closed except one westbound lane from Newcastle to 610/59 northbound feeder road, and one eastbound lane from Westpark exit ramp to 610 southbound feeder road)

         Loop 610 feeder (southbound) from Richmond to Westpark

         Post Oak Blvd. (northbound) from Richmond to San Felipe

         San Felipe (westbound) from Post Oak Blvd. to Tanglewood Rd.

         Tanglewood Rd. (northbound) from San Felipe to Chimney Rock Rd.

         Chimney Rock Rd. (southbound) from Tanglewood Rd. to Memorial Dr.

         Memorial Dr. (westbound) from Chimney Rock Rd. to Loop 610

         Memorial Dr. (eastbound) from Loop 610 to Shepherd

         Shepherd (all lanes under overpass) from Memorial Dr. to Allen Parkway

         Allen Parkway from Shepherd to Bagby

         Dallas from Allen Parkway to Bagby

         Bagby from Dallas to Lamar

         Lamar from Bagby to Avenida de las Americas

         Avenida de las Americas from Dallas to Rusk


Additional Half Marathon Course Closures

         Montrose (southbound) from Bissonnet to Dallas

         Montrose (northbound) from Dallas to Allen Parkway

 Freeway Exit Ramp Closures

         610 West Loop, southbound, exiting to Hidalgo/Richmond



For a map detailing lane closure times by mile marker, click here.


For more information on the marathon, visit the Chevron Houston Marathon website here.

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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