Kirby Drive Reconstruction
Client: Upper Kirby Management District / City of Houston
Project Cost: $ 2M
Service: Civil Engineering, Design, Review, Electrical Engineering
Practice: Transportation, Construction Services, Surveying, Hydrology & Hydraulics
Location: Houston, Texas
Traffic control and mitigation of this heavily congested area was a chief challenge on this project. Relocating Centerpoint Energy transmission lines underground as well as relocating a large underground AT&T duct bank were also challenges that if not handled appropriately would have significant impacts on the schedule.
A concerted effort to minimize delays, minimize construction impact, and keep traffic flowing included separating the project into three segments. This approach reduced traffic snarls and kept the project moving forward, while successfully observing the strict budget and delivery timeline.
The Upper Kirby District is a prestigious destination mecca in Houston, Texas with high end commercial, retail, and dining options not to be found elsewhere in the City. The much-needed improvements necessitated working with the local TIRZ, Upper Kirby Management District, and City of Houston to improve drainage and augment mobility within the area. Our portion of the project comprised reconstruction of the roadway from Richmond Avenue to Highway 59 into three lanes of traffic in each direction, new curbed medians and left turn bays, and realigned sidewalks. Improvements such as upsizing the area’s storm sewer laterals and storm sewer system, while not visually apparent to Upper Kirby visitors, were vital in keeping this high density area pedestrian-friendly and providing the necessary infrastructure for the District’s future growth.