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Upper Kirby Update 

May 30, 2014   

Upper Kirby Construction
Telecom Duct Installation Underway        



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements  Project: 


Contractors experienced several rain delays this week and there is a chance for additional rain over the weekend, however, work is progressing nicely through the new zone between River Oaks Boulevard and Ferndale St.


In an effort to expedite the work over the summer months when school traffic is minimal, Texas Sterling Construction has committed additional crews and are undertaking the second and third segments of work in tandem. Phase two will consist of telecommunications duct installation only between River Oaks Boulevard and Eastside Street. Having no Center Point Energy electrical work here will mean only one lane closure is necessary through this zone. Motorists should expect to be narrowed down to one lane heading east, however, both westbound lanes will remain open during this phase.

Phase three extends from Eastside to Ferndale and will necessitate two lane closures during construction. Motorists should expect one lane in both directions here over the next five to six weeks. Once work on phase two is complete, crews will jump over phase three and finish the remaining work between Ferndale and Lake. The goal is to reach substantial completion in July.

As was the case east of Kirby, 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.


On-ramps outbound between Edloe and Buffalo Speedway have been closed since May 14 and are anticipated to be completed by June 3. Upon completion of these ramps, exits at Kirby inbound and Buffalo Speedway outbound will be closed for work.


Work is ongoing on inside main lanes outbound between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway and continued inbound between Edloe and Buffalo Speedway. This area should be impacted for the next three weeks at which time crews will begin inbound lane reconstruction between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.


Crews also began reconstruction efforts between Kirby and Greenbriar last week. Concrete removal, grading and forming for new concrete started on May 19 between the Kirby on-ramp and Greenbriar exit ramp on the inside inbound lane. Concrete removal also began outbound between the Greenbriar on-ramp and the Kirby exit ramp.

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.     

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