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Upper Kirby Update

  August 8, 2014  
Upper Kirby Construction
Drainage Work on Dickey to Begin August 18
City Work on Shepherd-Avalon to Westheimer  Now Underway  



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape



Utility Relocations: Kirby to Buffalo Speedway

Work continues this week between Virginia and Lake, the last run in the utility phase of this project. Crews will complete telecommunications duct work under the sidewalk over the next few days. Most back of curb areas will be restored with asphalt temporarily until next year's drainage and roadway improvements are implemented to include installation of a comprehensive pedestrian streetscape. Some areas impacted with large bore pits will be restored with sacrificial concrete for stability and continuity.

With good weather, it is expected that the duct installation and asphalt restoration can be completed by mid week next week allowing the roadway to be reopened along this final run. Following the opening of the roadway, crews will be able to complete minor work remaining on lateral streets and clean up and restore the project area. Main lane and driveway impacts along Westheimer will be complete.

Upper Kirby sincerely thanks the businesses along this construction site for their patience and understanding during this important project as well as those patrons who spent a little extra time in traffic to support these unique local businesses.

Look for updates on the roadway and drainage improvements coming next year as work progresses on Westheimer to the east.


Drainage, Paving and Streetscape Improvements:
Shepherd to Kirby

Now that utility relocation has been completed on Westheimer between Shepherd and Kirby, drainage and roadway improvements are scheduled to begin. The scope of this work will include upgraded storm, sanitary and water infrastructure, new concrete pavement, curb and gutter and implementation of a complete streetscape and landscaping plan. Notice to proceed has been given for August 18th and work will begin at the storm drainage outfall point on Dickey Place.

This project was bid last month with the winning bidder being Reytec Construction Resources. Reytec completed drainage improvements for the Upper Kirby District on Richmond between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway in 2012-2013 and we are fortunate to have such a capable and responsive contractor continuing this work.

The Upper Kirby District is coordinating this work with the City of Houston drainage and pavement reconstruction on Shepherd between Westheimer and Buffalo Bayou. The City began work between Avalon and Westheimer this week. While this will be the active construction zone for the next three to four months, motorists should expect lane closures along the full length of the project from the Bayou to Westheimer.

City contractors will be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on this section. They will install drainage improvements, water and sanitary as needed moving south from Avalon to Westheimer and East along Westheimer for about two blocks. During this time, traffic control will be established the length of the project on Shepherd and Westheimer. Motorists should expect to be down to one lane in either direction to pass through the construction area. The City has committed to clear the intersection as quickly as possible and restore traffic along Westheimer.

While the City is working in the intersection, Upper Kirby and Reytec will remain clear of Westheimer and will focus on the primary outfall point for storm water along this section at Dickey Place. Crews will begin August 18th working from Reba south to Westheimer installing a 4-foot by 6-foot storm drain to replace the 42-inch drain currently running under private properties just west of Dickey. This new, increased capacity will flow into the existing line running east along Fairview and into the Shepherd system that takes water to Buffalo Bayou. Reytec expects to be working along this section for two-and-a-half to three months.

This work will include new inlets at intersections and complete concrete restoration of the roadway. Driveways will be impacted as work moves down the street and will be restored with new concrete within the City right-of-way.

Crews will only work in small sections beginning with the Reba intersection and working south to Westheimer. No two intersections will be impacted at one time, in fact, intersection work will be done alone and opened up prior the subsequent block being impacted. Neighborhood traffic will be detoured around work areas.

Once work on Dickey is complete, crews will demobilize for the time between Thanksgiving and January 2 in hopes that the City has also completed work through the Shepherd/Westheimer intersection and has opened Westheimer to unobstructed traffic flow for the holidays. City work will continue over the holidays north of the intersection but will observe Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Upper Kirby work will begin on Westheimer around January 2 working from Shepherd to Persa. Look for updates as the schedule evolves.


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
Shepherd/59 Intersection Work to Begin Saturday


US 59 Frontage Road Reconstruction

Intersection work at Weslayan continued this week on the TxDOT reconstruction of the frontage lanes, u-turns 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. Quadrants are now nearly complete and crews expect to begin working on the northbound lanes on Weslayan under the freeway around August 16th. The northbound half of the underpass will take approximately 20 days to complete, at which point, work will flip to the southbound lanes. During that period, traffic will be detoured to their right along the feeder road where they can u-turn at the next frontage road intersection in order to return to Weslayan destinations.

The Shepherd intersection and underpass pavement reconstruction is scheduled to begin this Saturday. As Shepherd is one-way, work here will be sequenced differently than it was on Weslayan. The first phase of the intersection will be the western-most half of Shepherd under the freeway. Motorists attempting to continue through the underpass should expect delays as lanes are reduced through the intersection. Unlike Weslayan, this will not necessitate detouring traffic around the work area. The following phase will be the east side of Shepherd under the freeway followed by the frontage road and Shepherd right-turn quadrants at all four corners of the intersection. Once Weslayan and Shepherd are complete, crews will move intersection activities to Buffalo Speedway and Greenbriar.

Center lane work inbound approaching the Kirby intersection began on July 28 and has already been poured. This section of roadway should be reopened shortly. Related work that required closure of the Kirby entrance ramp inbound should also be complete and ready to reopen  next week. The Kirby outbound exit also closed on the 28th of July and is also expected to reopen by the 16th or 17th of August.

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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