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Upper Kirby Update 

May 16, 2014   

Upper Kirby Construction
Telecom Duct Installation Underway        



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements  Project: 


This week crews will work to connect the new telecommunications ducts and stub-up at future terminal pole locations off of Westheimer and will begin prepping for and installing asphalt over the work area. Temporary surface will be set for the roadway as well as impacted sidewalk sections and will be maintained until final concrete road reconstruction begins next year. If all goes well this week, crews will look to move on to the next work zone between River Oaks Boulevard and Eastside Street by mid-week next week.

As was the case east of Shepherd, construction will be undertaken in 1000-foot segments. Work on this stretch will impact the two eastbound lanes on the south side of Westheimer. Traffic will be shifted to one lane in either direction through the construction zone. Each 1000-foot segment is expected to take four to five weeks to complete. Once a given segment is completed, it will be restored with asphalt and opened prior to the next segment beginning.

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.   

TxDOT Construction
Buffalo/Weslayan Exits Open-Entrances Closed           


US 59 Frontage Road Reconstruction

TxDOT crews continued work this week on the reconstruction of the frontage roads on US 59 between 610 and Shepherd. Construction through the Upper Kirby area began last year with curbside lane reconstruction and has again ramped up between Shepherd and Weslayan with inside lane and u-turn reconstruction.


Freeway exits inbound at Buffalo Speedway and outbound at Weslayan reopened on Wednesday, May 14 a full five days ahead of the May 19 schedule. On-ramps outbound between Edloe and Buffalo Speedway were closed the same day. Work impacting these entrances is scheduled for completion early in June.

Work last week also began on inside main lanes outbound between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway. This area should be impacted for the next three to four weeks at which time crews will move to the opposite side of the freeway to complete lane reconstruction inbound between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.

Following main lane and u-turn lane reconstruction, crews will begin intersection work. The current plan includes reconstructing two non-consecutive intersections at a time. The first two to be impacted will be Weslayan and Greenbriar. This work will likely not begin until late June/early July.


Look for weekly updates as this project progresses.     

Levy Park Redevelopment
Begins With the Relocation of Eight Massive Oaks

Upper Kirby and Midway 

Partner to Move Huge Oaks    


The Upper Kirby District and the Midway Companies are nearly complete with a collaborative effort to move eight huge oak trees from the future sight of Midway's Avenue Grove project-a high-end residential development adjacent to the park- to the newly expanded park property abutting Wakeforest Street just south of Richmond.


Watch the amazing video of this work being performed. 


Tree Relocation at Levy Park
Tree Relocation at Levy Park


The Upper Kirby District aims to begin construction this fall on a massive renovation of Levy Park that will include new dog park facilities, community gardens, one-of-a-kind children's and adult play, event facilities, food and drink and year-round, curated programming.  


The Midway Companies have partnered with Upper Kirby as long-term lease holders on District-owned properties adjacent to the newly expanded park space and are currently under construction on Kirby Grove, a transformative mixed-use project flanking the park on the north and south ends to create an environment conducive to 12-18 hour park activity and a vibrant community gathering place.     


The new developments involved in Kirby Grove thoughtfully integrate Class A office space, restaurant amenities and high end lofts to complement the park work being undertaken by Upper Kirby and activate the park's edges. In addition to the park activity to be catalyzed by the Midway projects, the revenue derived from the leases will maintain the public improvements in the park for the next 99 years.   


Upper Kirby's park work and Midway's adjacent projects are being orchestrated to be completed simultaneously to create a highly activated project. The combination of uses and urban green space will generate an economically and physically sustainable model that will redefine quality of life in Upper Kirby.


For more information on the Levy Park redevelopment, please contact Travis Younkin at 713.524.8000 or travis@upperkirby.org.   

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