- Created on Friday, March 28 2014
Westheimer Paving, Drainage and Streetscape Improvements Project:
Utility work on Westheimer between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby continues this week in its initial phase between Buffalo Speedway and River Oaks Boulevard.
Crews have been focused primarily on boring under the existing St. John's tunnel system just east of the Buffalo/Westheimer intersection. As they dug the initial pit, workers encountered water about 15-feet down and have suffered a several day delay pumping the water out so that they can continue digging. It will likely take through next week to get the utility casings fed under the St. John's tunnel and the bore pit back-filled.
A second crew has begun work pushing through from the west side of Buffalo Speedway and expects to be in the intersection over the weekend. It is likely that this work will occur during the evening hours in order to avoid significant daytime intersection disruption.
As was the case east of Shepherd, construction will be 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 June/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.