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Upper Kirby Update 

June 27, 2014   

Upper Kirby Construction
Work Moves East on Westheimer     

 

Westheimer    

Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape Improvements  Project: 

 

Crews continued their final push this week to complete the final two segments of work on the Westheimer utility relocation project between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway though rainy conditions had a significant impact on progress.

 

Traffic did open up early this week as planned between River Oaks Boulevard and Bammel Lane. Next week, primary work will focus on trenching east of Bammel to Lake Street for the Center Point Energy electric duct bank as well as boring for telecommunications duct bank installation.  

 

Work is expected to begin turning south on Virginia with the electric duct installation around mid week. The run will extend just south of the Westheimer/Virginia intersection to a point where service can switch back up to existing above-ground poles and  continue south. Crews will use flagmen to assist traffic in negotiating around the construction and will maintain one lane in either direction on and off of Virginia. This work should last approximately two weeks.    

 

Workers have been working on a similar lateral run on the west side of Eastside Street south of Westheimer and anticipate completing that work this weekend.

 

As was the case east of Kirby, construction is being 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 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.

The inside lane outbound between Shepherd and Greenbriar has been closed for the past week or so shifting all traffic onto one lane curbside west of Shepherd. As the on-ramp at this location is also closed for work, this area has had a real impact on both frontage road traffic as well as north/south traffic on Shepherd at times. Motorists should expect delays here. Unless proceeding to a destination within the work zone, it is advised that motorists consider Richmond or Alabama as alternates between Kirby and Shepherd if possible. Currently crews are working to complete the on-ramp work prior to the July 4th holiday weekend if weather permits. Access onto the freeway here should have a significant positive impact on traffic congestion.

   

Exits at Kirby inbound and Buffalo Speedway outbound remain closed this week.  These exits are still on track to re-open in the next several days.Once these exits and the Greenbriar entrance are opened, crews will close the on-ramps between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway both outbound and inbound for approximately three weeks.

 

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 mid 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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