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February 24, 2017

Levy Park

Crews are at work today in Levy Park completing final clean-up in preparation for the grand re-opening of the park tomorrow. Construction is now substantially complete after nearly a year-and-a-half of construction. 

Regular weekly programming will begin immediately with an incredible variety of activities ranging from boot camp and yoga to story hour with the Houston Public Library. All regular programs at Levy Park are free and open to the public. 

For a complete list of Levy Park programs and activities, visit levyparkhouston.org. 

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 11:00 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
Crews Begin Work at Buffalo Speedway 

Westheimer Reconstruction: Kirby to Buffalo Speedway

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. Work on Bammel is now about two to three 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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