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February 10, 2017

Levy Park

Construction at Levy Park is down to final touches and is just days away from being ready for the public. 

Final electrical work remains on the east side of the park. A delay in materials delivery has put some of the fixture installation on hold, but it is expected that the fixtures will arrive next week and can be in stalled in a few days. 

Artificial turf installation is being completed in the children's area this week and replanting is taking place where plants were los t in last month's hard freeze. 

Grand Opening February 25

Join the fun at the Reopening of Levy Park with an all-day event that promises something for everyone. It will be a perfect opportunity to showcase this amazing urban park which should prove to be a destination for families from throughout the metropolitan area, as well as out-of-town visitors. 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will kick off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The day will culminate in a live music performance by the Grammy award winning band, Grupo Fantasma, on the Pavilion stage at 6 p.m.

At the celebration, expect to see programming covering a wide range of areas: health and fitness, food and horticulture, performing arts, poetry, literacy, and natural science. Visitors can hear a piano concert, experience face painting, interactive displays, workshops with local organizations, gardening demos, food trucks, dance, yoga, and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pets on leash are welcome. The event is rain or shine.

Chef Tim Love's Woodshed to Open at Levy Park

The Levy Park Conservancy has announced that the flagship restaurant Woodshed, planned for Levy Park, will be led by nationally-acclaimed Texas-based Chef, Tim Love. In addition to the restaurant, tentatively scheduled to open in mid-2018, Love and his team will also operate concessions for the Park's food kiosk and the double decker bus in the beer garden, both currently scheduled to open later this year. The Woodshed will showcase Love's signature urban western cuisine that has won him both popular and critical accolades. 
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Upper Kirby Construction
Roadwork Resumes Following Super Bowl Weekend  

Westheimer Reconstruction: Kirby to Buffalo Speedway
New Concrete Between Kirby and Bellemeade

Westheimer contractor, Total Contracting Limited (TCL), is currently re-mobilizing on the north side of Westheimer just east of Bellemeade. Over the next month, TCL will be installing new water line and storm sewer line along this stretch of roadway. 

It is expected that this work will impact the Bellemeade intersection next week. Crews will keep half of the roadway open to access onto and off of Westheimer as the work progresses. Concrete placement will follow shortly behind storm installation and the roadway will be reopened as the concrete cures.
The contractor is also pursuing approval from the City of Houston to begin concurrent work at Buffalo Speedway, tying into the Buffalo Speedway storm system and repaving the northern half of the intersection. The contractor would then work east toward the Bellemeade to Eastside construction zone with the goal of having the entire northern half of the roadway complete by the end of May.
Once the northern half of the roadway is complete, TCL 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. TCL 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. Work on Bammel is now about three to four weeks from being completed. 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. 

Westheimer Reconstruction: Kirby to Shepherd

Crews will be out again on this stretch of roadway over the next several weeks to begin restoration efforts where overhead poles have been removed and repairing the damaged brick crosswalks at Shepherd and Westheimer. Crews will also be pruning trees and removing dead plant material. Poles still remain, however west of Greenbriar due to lingering Comcast facilities. Comcast has committed to have all of these lines removed by mid-March, at which point, the roadway contractor can complete back-of-curb restoration efforts and close out the project. 

CenterPoint Energy still has facilities on poles west of Kirby, preventing pole removal from taking place. As of yet, CenterPoint has not committed to a schedule for this removal, but the hope is that all poles can be removed mid-March when Comcast has finished their work.  Look for further updates as these schedules are made available. 

Bissonnet Reconstruction:  Kirby to Buffalo Speedway 

Bissonnet reconstruction work was completed between Kirby and Dincans on December 19 and reopened to the traveling public. The remainder of the project, including the north side of the roadway between Dincans and Buffalo Speedway and the south side of the roadway between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway is currently working through City approvals process and is expected to be rebid in April. Construction will likely not resume here with a new contractor until May or June.  

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.   
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