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Upper Kirby Update

  July 18, 2014  
Upper Kirby Construction
Westheimer Utility Work Kirby to Buffalo 
Bammel to Ferndale to Open Next Week 



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape



Rain this week has slowed progress some on Westheimer between Bammel and Lake Street. Crews were able to complete hand hole and man hole work and telecommunications installation between Bammel and Ferndale, however, and have begun excavating for asphalt installation. It is expected that the contractor will be ready to open up Bammel to Ferndale to its regular traffic configuration by Thursday or Friday of next week. The remaining work between Ferndale and Lake St. will continue with target completion around the end of July, weather permitting.


Work on Virginia south of Westheimer continued this week and is expected to take another week to 10 days to complete. Motorists should expect this area to remain accessible to north and southbound traffic with the use of flagmen during construction activity.


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 300 calendar days. 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 Kirby to Buffalo to Open Next Week


US 59 Frontage Road Reconstruction

Intersection work at Weslayan began this week on the TxDOT reconstruction of the frontage lanes, uturns and intersection underpasses between 610 and Shepherd. The first phase of this work entails demolition and reconstruction of the four right-turn quadrants on the outside lanes of Weslayan and the feeder road in both directions. Work will likely continue here for at least a week to 10-days before the underpass is reconstructed. Work on the underpass will take place in halves necessitating that one direction on Weslayan be detoured along the frontage road and u-turned to continue along Weslayan. Details will be provided once this work is confirmed.

Work on the inside lanes both inbound and outbound between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway is nearly complete. pavement has been placed and curb work will be completed next week allowing both on-ramps to be opened back up to traffic by Friday.

Work on the Greenbriar intersection is likely to begin around the 30th of July, weather permitting. Please look for details as the schedule is finalized.

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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