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Upper Kirby Update 

February 14, 2014   

Upper Kirby Construction
Westheimer Restoration Underway East of Kirby-
West of Kirby to Begin Soon      



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements Project: 


After several bouts of freezing and wet conditions over the past week, crews were finally able to lay asphalt on the final construction areas of Westheimer between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway yesterday. Traffic control is to be removed later today allowing full access to main lanes.


Next week some minor work will impact one lane on the north side of the roadway leaving two lanes open eastbound and one westbound around the construction area. This will be daytime work only. Traffic control associated with these short runs will be set up in the morning and removed prior to evening traffic. It is expected that this work will be completed over the first part of the week with the second half focusing on clean-up and asphalt repair in problem areas.

This will mark substantial completion of the utility phase of the project. The Upper Kirby District would like to sincerely thank the businesses along this stretch of Kirby for their patience and understanding as we improve this major corridor.


Westheimer West of Kirby

The effort to continue moving west with utility infrastructure will begin next month. The project was bid on January 16th and the low bidder was Texas Sterling Construction, the same contractor currently working between Kirby and Shepherd.

Weather has stalled the start of this project somewhat as construction cannot begin until all lanes are clear east of Kirby but it is anticipated that construction will begin in about two weeks.

The contract duration on this project is 120 days putting completion somewhere around June/July 2014. Weather permitting, roadway construction between Kirby and Shepherd should be able to begin immediately following utility completion west of Kirby.


CenterPoint and the telecommunications companies will follow behind duct bank construction reconnecting services underground. The duration of this reconnection work will be up to the utility providers though 45 to 90 days is typical. Traffic impact during this work is negligible.  


Once the utilities have been removed and the lines brought underground west 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. This work will first be completed between Shepherd and Kirby followed by an identical scope of work between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.  


Roadway reconstruction is anticipated to 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.   

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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