As workers continue to install water and storm sewer line improvements between Bellemeade and Eastside, mobilization has begun for a second crew to begin concurrent work on the Buffalo Speedway intersection.
The first phase of this work is to connect the new storm sewer system to the Buffalo Speedway facility just north of the center of the intersection. Traffic moving north/south on Buffalo Speedway and traffic moving east/west on Westheimer will be narrowed down through the intersection during this phase of work.
Motorists traveling to destinations that are not immediately adjacent to the Buffalo Speedway/Westheimer intersection are advised to consider using parallel streets to avoid the intersection during this phase. Motorists who are passing through the intersection are asked to observe the pavement markings as the construction traffic control requires curbside drivers to stop farther back than is typical for the intersection.
Once the storm connection is made and paved in the center of the intersection, crews will begin replacing the northernmost quarter of the intersection. Work will then continue east toward Kirby on the north side of the roadway.
Once the northern half of the roadway is complete, crews will switch traffic to the new pavement and begin work on the south side of the street. Again, the contractor will seek approval to work between Buffalo Speedway and Bellemeade in an effort to expedite work. The contractor will aim to complete the run between Buffalo Speedway and Eastside (fronting Lamar High School and St. John's School) over the summer months.
Lateral storm lines are being installed on Sackett and Bammel between Alabama and Westheimer. Storm sewer work on Bammel is expected to be completed later today. Pavement restoration is underway here as well. Once new surface has been placed, work on Sackett can begin. It is expected that crews will not be ready to begin on Sackett until mid-March.
The current plan is to have the project substantially complete by the end of October with some back of curb improvements and landscaping continuing into November.