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District Roadway Construction
Lower Westheimer Corridor Study
Upper Kirby Conference Center Now Open
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April 14, 2017

This Week at Levy Park                          Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View on Instagram

New Programs, Same Great Place
There's a lot happening at Levy Park these days and new programs and activities are being added regularly. Take an hour or an afternoon and come experience this amazing new place. 

New programs that debuted at Levy Park this past week include:  pilates on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 4 p.m., photography workshops with Houston Center for Photography the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9 a.m., and Reading with Pawsitive Pups in conjunction 
with the Houston Public Library at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month.
This coming Saturday, Levy Park has something for the entire family. Take part in the 8:30 a.m. bootcamp class, 10 a.m. yoga class, 1 p.m. poetry workshop or 3 p.m. Prelude Family Concert. All free, n o registration required!
Food truck service at the Park  has expanded to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
If you are interested in reserving the Children's Amphitheater for your child's birthday party, please call 713.522.7275. The space is free to use, but reservations are filling up quickly. April, May, June, July and 60% of August are currently booked. Reservations for 2018 will not start until the end of year.
Please visit the Levy Park Conservancy website for a full list of our free, daily programming and upcoming events. 
Stay in the know by signing up for Levy Park Conservancy eblasts here
Upper Kirby Construction
Concrete Work Moving Along Quickly
Westheimer Reconstruction: 
Kirby to Buffalo Speedway
Work on the Westheimer storm drainage, paving and streetscape improvements package continued this week between Bellemeade and  Eastside and through the north side of the Buffalo Speedway intersection. 

Crews are now working on the northeast quadrant of the Buffalo Speedway/Westheimer intersection, making necessary storm connections prior to placing pavement later next week . Once the pavement is complete on the northern half of the intersection, it will need five to seven days to cure before reopening to traffic. Traffic control will then shift east to approximately mid-block between River Oaks Boulevard and Buffalo Speedway so that storm and paving work can progress east. 

Work on the eastern side of the project has been progressing quickly as well. Crews continued with pavement placement this week from the CVS shopping center to mid-block between B ellemeade and Eastside. It is anticipated that work here will be completed in approximately two weeks. Once the pavement is ready for traffic both in this location and in the northern half of the Buffalo Speedway intersection, traffic control will shift from just west of River Oaks Boulevard to Eastside Street and both crews will continue storm drainage and paving work towards one another. 

Lateral storm lines are also being installed on Sackett and Bammel between Alabama and Westheimer. The scope on both streets involves excavation of one half of the roadway, placement of new storm sewer infrastructure and restoration of the impacted area. During construction on both streets, two-way traffic will be maintained although on street parking will not be available. 

Work on Bammel is now complete and crews have shifted traffic control to Sackett. The first section of work will take place between Sackett and Philfall. The AT&T conflict at the Alabama/Sackett intersection identified last week has been addressed and crews are moving forward with storm work on the west side of the street between Alabama and Philfall. Workers will pave and restore this section prior to progressing north to Westheimer. 

Westheimer Reconstruction:
Kirby to Shepherd

Upper Kirby work on Westheimer between Kirby and Shepherd has been substantially complete since February, 2016 and has been awaiting removal of overhead utility removal by various telecommunications companies and CenterPoint energy pole removal prior to finalizing the back of curb area. 

The only remaining utility on these poles is Comcast and, as of early this week, they have indicated that their work here will be complete next week. This will allow for CenterPoint energy to remove the poles on Monday, April 24th. 

Comcast is also the remaining utility on the poles remaining between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway. Here they have indicated that work would be completed May 18. Look for further updates as this work progresses. 

Bissonnet Reconstruction:
Kirby to Buffalo Speedway

Work on Bissonnet between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway was stopped late last year due to a contractor dispute. Work began between the Kirby intersection and Dincans on the north side of the street. Upper Kirby retained a second contractor to complete work on the impacted areas and reopen the roadway to traffic. This was completed just prior to the holidays. The remainder of the work has been repackaged for a new bid. The goal is to rebid the project in the next six to eight weeks and begin construction this summer. 
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.   
Lower Westheimer Corridor Study
Public Meeting April 20


Date:  Thursday April 20, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Metropolitan Multi-Services Center, 1475 W Gray Street
Format: Open House 6:00 PM / Presentations 6:30 PM
You are invited to attend a meeting regarding the Capital Improvement Plan project along Westheimer Rd. and Elgin St. between Montrose Blvd. and Main St. This project is funded with construction scheduled for 2020. Anticipated construction changes include: traffic signals, a 6-to-10 foot sidewalk, adjusted turning lanes and bus stop locations. The City will also upgrade storm and wastewater lines as necessary.
In addition, the City will gather input on the study area for Westheimer Rd. between Shepherd and Montrose Blvd (N-2013T-C01). No funding has been scheduled for this segment.
To sign up for updates or view additional meeting or project information, please visit lowerwestheimerstudy.org.

Upper Kirby Conference Center

Upper Kirby's Conference Cente r is centrally locat ed and easily accessible  from US 59 and Kirby Dr. in the hear t of Houston. 

Ideal for hosting your organization's seminars, meetings or social events.
 42' x 26' Room (1,092 sf.)
  •  Exterior door accessible after business 

  • hours and on weekends
  •  Wi-Fi / Internet Accessible
  •  64" television/projection screen
  •  Kitchenette with sink, coffee maker, ice maker an
  • d microwave oven
  •  Ten - 6' x 2' collapsible conference tables
  •  Large Conference table - 18' x 4 ½ 'OR can be reconfigured to:
1 (One) -55" x 55" round table and
3 (three) -55" x 55" square tables
  •  18 - Conference chairs
  •  40 - Stackable chairs
  •  Credenza
Room accommodates 75-100 guests standing  buffet reception style set-up.
For more information, contact  Linda Gilliam at 713.524.8000 or  linda@upperkirby.org

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Photo Credit: Morris Malakoff 
courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
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