Buffalo Speedway Reduced to One Lane for Pavement Work

December 5, 2011

Demolition crews are expected to move north on Buffalo Speedway today as they work to begin pulling out the roadway between Westpark and US-59.

Traffic will be reduced down to one lane until new pavement is placed and cured.

A pavement crew will be pouring the northbound main lanes from the HEB driveway to Westpark. This activity should be completed mid to late next week at which point the pavement crew will move to the section between Westpark and US 59 and place new concrete. They will be using a fast-dry concrete mix on this section in hopes of having the pavement open to traffic by the following Monday.

Over the next two and a half weeks, two crews will be working at all times on Buffalo Speedway in hopes of completing new pavement on the east side of the street before the Christmas holiday. If all goes well, traffic will shift to the west side of Buffalo Speedway just after the first of the year.

Pavement crews have made significant progress over the past week working on the east side of Buffalo Speedway moving from Bissonnet north. Last week pavement was placed on northbound lanes between Bissonnet and the south side of HEB’s northernmost driveway.

The Upper Kirby District started the Buffalo Speedway Improvements Project in mid February. The $5.6 million project includes the addition of two traffic lanes, storm sewer system upgrades, moving overhead utilities underground and creating a new pedestrian friendly streetscape.

The improvements to Buffalo Speedway, when completed, are expected to improve traffic congestion.

The project includes a beautified streetscape that functions well for pedestrians and cars, Upper Kirby Deputy Director Travis Younkin said. The project is the same concept as Kirby Drive between Richmond and Westheimer.

Streetscape improvements include pedestrian lighting, enhanced sidewalks and crosswalks, benches and improved landscaping.

Buffalo Speedway will have trees spaced 25 feet up and down the street.

The project was expected to be complete by November, but because of delays, the project is several months behind, Younkin said.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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