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Upper Kirby Update 

June 6, 2014   

Upper Kirby Construction
Phase 2 Complete Next Week         



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements  Project: 


Dry weather this week allowed workers to make significant progress on the second and third phases of work along Westheimer between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.


The second segment of work between River Oaks Bouldvard and Eastside Street is expected to be complete next week allowing the traffic control to shift slightly east. Pending City approval, the contractor would like to begin work on the fourth and final segment between Ferndale and Lake immediately upon completion of the second segment. If able to do so, estimated completion of this work would be in August prior to the start of school.

Over the next week, workers will continue to install the CenterPoint energy duct in the third phase of work between Eastside and Ferndale with one crew working east from Eastside and one crew working east from Bammel. Excavation for bore pits for the telecommunications duct bank will begin next week as well.
This third segment of work is expected to continue into July.


Following the traffic shift, eastbound motorists should expect to begin to taper down from two lanes to one lane around River Oaks Boulevard to clear the work beginning at Eastside. Westbound motorists should expect to begin to taper down to one lane around Lake. Should the City approve work on phase three and four concurrently, the shift for westbound motorists would begin around Kirby.


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
On-ramps Between Edloe and Buffalo now Open
Inbound Kirby Exit and Outbound Buffalo Exit 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 that have been closed since May 14 are now complete and open. Exits at Kirby inbound and Buffalo Speedway outbound, however, closed on Wednesday. These exits are expected to re-open in late June.


Inbound motorists with Kirby destinations can exit Greenbriar and follow signage to Kirby or can exit Buffalo Speedway to continue on to Kirby. Outbound motorists with Buffalo Speedway destinations can exit Weslayan and follow signage to Buffalo or can exit Kirby to reach Buffalo Speedway destinations.


Inside lane closures are ongoing between Kirby and Greenbriar, outbound between Kirby and Buffalo and inbound between Edloe and Buffalo. That being the case, Richmond, Westpark, Alabama and Bissonnet are viable east/west alternatives to negotiate around the frontage road work.


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.   


For a regularly updated list of lane closures and on and off-ramp closures, visit Houston Transtar here.    

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