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Upper Kirby Update

  September 5, 2014  
Upper Kirby Construction
Bissonnet Utility Relocation to Begin This Month    



Paving, Drainage and  Streetscape



Utility Relocations: Kirby to Buffalo Speedway

Crews are down to final restoration and small side-street connection work on this section of roadway.  Motorists can expect to see some minor back-of-curb activity as crews repair damage caused by construction. There will also be minor work off of Westheimer to coordinate several final connections with Center Point Energy.

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.

Once utilities are relocated by the service providers to their new homes underground, drainage and roadway reconstruction can occur. The final phase of work will entail installation of new storm, sanitary and water infrastructure; the complete concrete reconstruction of the roadway, curb and gutter; and a complete pedestrian oriented streetscape installation. This phase is just beginning to the east from Kirby to Shepherd. Construction between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway will not begin until work to the east is complete. If all goes as planned, this section should begin reconstruction this time next year. 

Look for updates as work progresses on Westheimer to the east.


Drainage, Paving and Streetscape Improvements:
Shepherd to Kirby

Reytec Construction has completed demolition of the pavement at the Reba/Dickey intersection north of Westheimer in the first phase of drainage improvements that will take storm water from Westheimer into the Shepherd system.

Crews will work 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. 
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. 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. 

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 several weeks ago. 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 will remain clear of Westheimer and will focus on the primary outfall point for storm water along this section at Dickey Place. 

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.

Bissonnet Utility Relocation
Existing Pedestrian Realm on Bissonnet

Plans to reconstruct Bissonnet from Kirby to Buffalo Speedway will begin this month with the overhead utility relocation phase of work. This phase will entail the construction of parallel ducts along the north side of Bissonnet, one for telecommunications and one for Center Point electrical service.

These ducts will eventually house the overhead lines currently running down Bissonnet and will be followed shortly after by water, sanitary and storm improvements and new concrete pavement. Like Kirby, Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer, this project will include a complete pedestrian-oriented streetscape and landscaping plan implemented and maintained in perpetuity by the Upper Kirby Management District. The roadway is not being widened and the existing esplanade is being maintained.

The project was bid in August and was awarded to Harper Brothers Construction. It is anticipated that, weather permitting, this work will take four to five months to complete.


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
Weslayan/Shepherd Intersection Work Continues 


US 59 Frontage Road Reconstruction

TxDOT's US 59 frontage road reconstruction between Shepherd and 610 continued this week with intersection work at Shepherd and Weslayan and remaining work extending from the inbound Greenbriar/Shepherd off-ramp. The Greenbriar/Shepherd exit has been closed for several weeks to facilitate this work but it is anticipated that the exit could reopen as early as next week.

At Weslayan and US 59,
crews are have completed the four right-turn quadrants onto and off of Weslayan from the frontage roads and have also completed the two northbound lanes under the freeway. Southbound lanes are now in the process of being rebuilt. This work marks the final phase of the Weslayan intersection. As workers reconstruct the southbound lanes, through traffic in that direction will be prohibited. It is anticipated that this work will take another three to four weeks to complete. 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 sequenced a bit differently. As Shepherd is one-way, work here began with 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. Main lane work should last about another three weeks, at which point, quadrant work will begin at the corners. Motorists should expect one lane through the intersection while the quadrants are being reconstructed. Once Weslayan and Shepherd are complete, crews will move intersection activities to Buffalo Speedway and Greenbriar.

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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