- Created on Friday, January 31 2014
Westheimer Paving, Drainage and Streetscape Improvements Project:
Despite minor delays caused by freezing conditions this week, the final run of underground duct banks between Argonne and Kirby was completed leaving the only remaining piece on the main lanes of Westheimer to be terminal pole locations between Westgate and Greenbriar. Center Point set these poles earlier this week and workers will make the final runs up to them next week. Assuming favorable weather conditions, the hope is to have traffic control removed by the end of the week.
Following this work there are three easement locations on the north side of Westheimer where crews will need to complete terminal pole risers. These locations will require a single lane closure on the northern curbside. These will be short work zones allowing two lanes free heading east and one lane heading west to get around the work area. Further details on this work will be available next week.
Westheimer West of Kirby
The effort to continue moving west with utility infrastructure will begin next month. The project was bid on January 16th and the low bidder was Texas Sterling Construction, the same contractor currently working between Kirby and Shepherd.
Once crews have been confirmed and material delivery dates solidified, a detailed schedule for construction will be available. At this point, expect to begin seeing construction activity between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway early in February.
Upon completion of the utility duct bank construction along both sections of Westheimer, the roadway will be temporarily paved and striped allowing full vehicular access while CenterPoint and the telecommunications companies reconnect services underground. The duration of this reconnection work will be up to the utility providers though 45 to 90 days is typical.
While the various utility companies work to reconnect the eastern half of Westheimer, the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority (UKRA) will begin duct bank construction between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway.
Once the utilities have been removed and the lines brought underground east 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. Roadway reconstruction is anticipated to begin around the spring 2014 east of Shepherd and last approximately 10 months. Drainage improvement and roadway reconstruction between Kirby and Buffalo will immediately follow and will have a similar approximate duration.